BENEFITING: PARENT ADVISORY GROUP OF CASCO BAY HIGH SCHOOL
High school students want to make their world.
Casco Bay DesignCamp gives high school students human-centered design superpowers to understand people's needs and create the solutions they need. These are powers they will use throughout life.
DesignCamp is a five day immersion into human-centered design for small groups of high school students. We teach human-centered design through a structured and open-ended program from ideation and user research to prototyping. We observe and investigate people’s needs. We make and test solutions.
We have just completed our own prototype: over a “Winter Intensive” week with 18 students and three studio leaders. We brought six guest designers and planners into our studio and consulted others.
Now we seek money to sustain and expand our DesignCamp program to more students this Spring and next school year.
Our goal by the end of the day tooday, Monday, January 11th, is $1000.00.
High school students are impatient. They want to make a mark.
They want to re-do what doesn't work; make the solutions they see are missing.
In their search for their individual and social identities they see solutions, innovations, improvements everywhere.
They want their insights to matter. They want to be part of something. They are hands-on.
They are naturals for collaborative ways to search for and create forms, meanings, uses and solutions.
High school academics equip them with ideas - and ideals - but stop short of handing them the tools to ACTUALLY make the world; test their designs.
DesignCamp gives them human-centered design superpowers: empathetic enquiry, search for forms and confidence to try out their handiwork with people.
At DesignCamp high school students use design to think—and make—with their hands, their heads and their hearts.
At DesignCamp young adults change the world around them, thoughtfully, socially, and creatively.
Students design at many scopes, from product details to entire cities and social institutions.
The students design with practicing, guest designers and experts who model real design critique. They hit the street to listen to people first-hand and test their ideas and prototypes on real people.
DesignCamp builds designers, people who can see and define people's needs and develop forms and systems to meet them in delightful ways.