SchoolArts Magazine

OCT 2010

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design thinking Commemorating Design Education in Schools Designer Jonathan Jackson speaks with a NYC high-school student during the 2008 Teen Design Fair. Photo: Richard Patterson. Marty Rayala T featuring public programs across the his year commemorates country to celebrate the growing role the launch of the Decade of of design in shaping our future. Design Education in Schools. This year's celebration is OctoTeachers across the country ber 9–17, and includes the National are using hands-on activities to help Design Awards, which honor, celstudents develop design-thinking ebrate, and seek skills by solving real-world To be successful in the twenty- to increase problems to first century, students need to national awarehelp others. To comprehend, interpret, analyze, ness of design by educating be successful in and apply design thinking. the public and the twenty-first promoting century, stuexcellence in design innovation. dents need to comprehend, interpret, Educational programs are offered in analyze, and apply design thinking conjunction with the awards includto help enhance the quality of life for ing a series of public programs, leceveryone on the planet. tures, round-table discussions, and workshops based on the vision and national design week work of award winners. National Design Week in October is an opportunity to commemorate Raising Awareness design education in schools. National Schools are using National Design Design Week is an education initiaWeek as an opportunity to raise tive of the Smithsonian's Cooperawareness of design education by Hewitt National Design Museum 14 October 2010 SchoolArts bringing in guest designers, doing special design projects with students, setting up displays and festivals in the community and schools, visiting design studios and museum design exhibits, as well as hosting public presentations and open houses. Design thinking is a process for practical problem-solving to create a tangible improvement. It is the ability to combine empathy, creativity, and rationality to meet user needs and drive future success. Help commemorate design education in schools and raise awareness of the importance of design thinking by celebrating National Design Week in your schools and community in October. Martin Rayala teaches at Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Rayala@Kutztown.edu Web Link www.cooperhewitt.org/nda andDESIGNmagazine.blogspot.com

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