This is a real-world STEM program applying the Human Centred Design Thinking Process of Engage – Define – Skills – Ideate – Prototype – Present to guide students through the day.
Using local materials from Bartlett Industrial Textile Product Manufacturing, students work in teams to redesign and prototype model canvas tents to respond to humanitarian disasters in varied political and environmental climates around the world.
Students engage through topic introduction to humanitarian disasters, empathise by completing a practical tent construction challenge in teams and then define the best way to approach their design brief.
Students join organised workshops and ideate using interactive collaboration tools to research environments, assess new materials and their properties and then prototype actual scale model disaster housing solutions.
Students finalise their prototypes and then present their scenarios and model designs to the class for evaluation and feedback.