Until now, always we talked about Design Thinking on this blog was approaching it from a professional point of view. However, there is a field where Design Thinking is so or more important and of which we want to talk about: Education.
During the last year, in our education project VermisLAB, we have worked using the Design Thinking methodology with kids from 5 years old and we were witness of how it can help them to understand much better the world we live in and to interact with it. There are several factors which are part of the Design Thinking methodology and are very decisive at that age to build our character, the factors are:
Emotional intelligence: the emotional control and the empathetic ability are developed during the first years of life and are very important for the social relationships and communication. Looking at the Design Thinking methodology steps, they would match with the first and the last step: empathize and testing.
Teamwork. If the human race is still alive is because our ancestors learnt how to gather and work in teams. At that time it was an efficient way of surviving, nowadays is even more important and in the future is going to be the best way, if not only, to work. Although it is not written on the typical Design Thinking diagram, working in multi-disciplinary teams is a transverse knowledge of the methodology.
Confidence and creativity. It is amazing to see how the creative potential of a kid can evolve simply by working on the confidence and making him feel important in the classroom. That is going to be key for them on the way the face the daily problems in the future. Creativity
Experimentation. Apart from improving their psychomotor activity and cognitive development, experimentation allows them to get new sets of sensations and improve the spatial vision. Using prototyping activities is ideal to encourage experimentation.
Fun. Last but not least, having fun goes hand to hand during the creation processes and should be a must in the education system methods. If a kid is having fun while learning, is going to be happier, is going to be motivated and finally he is going to assimilate the knowledge much better.
The fact of using the Design Thinking methodology with kids has allowed us to constantly learn from them, to see the difference between how adults use it and to comprehend much better how the current education system limits us as we grow up.
Do you imagine an education system which makes exactly the opposite? We do ;)