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Design Thinking in education is an approach to learning that aims to develop the capacity for creativity and innovation. It is a trial-and-error process in which, over various stages, students and staff work together to empathise, define, ideate, prototype and test.
The Design Thinking process draws from disciplines as wide as art, science, history, mathematics, sociology, geography, engineering and indeed design, in order to solve complex real-world problems. It requires students faced with a problem to combine empathy with creativity in order to facilitate problem solving. By honing analytical thinking and collaboration, the process equips students for the complexities of tomorrow.
At Wenona, Design Thinking projects are lively extensions to existing units of study. Students across Years 5 to 10 have built bridges and zoo enclosures in Science, brought the Middle Ages to life with heraldic designs and miniature catapults in History, devised weather-proof architecture in Geography, and proposed solutions to climate change.