Design Thinking

Sparhawk elementary students completing a STEM project.Design thinking integrates STEM subjects + the art of design in education. These programs aim to teach students to think critically and have an engineering or design approach towards real-world problems while using and building on their mathematics and science base.

The principles of design thinking are integrated into the overarching Sparhawk curriculum. The Sparhawk Lower Campus is equipped with a Makerspace, which is utilized during regular class time as well as after school and during enrichments. This is a zone of discovery where learners can collaborate, share ideas and build interests.

Examples of current curriculum include:

  • Capturing movement by creating stop motion videos and sets
  • Exploring the concepts of momentum by creating working roller coasters
  • Designing and building a sustainable ecosystem & functional garden
  • Creating works of art that exhibit moving parts
  • Literary Cottage: Designing an addition to an existing structure on campus to create a usable, student created space for learning.