DesignInSchools Education Curriculum by Design Managers Australia

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
DesignInSchools

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Education Curriculum

INSPIRATION:
DesignInSchools was born out of a desire by professional designers to see how 'little people' would perform in a formal design setting with real outcomes, and of a group of exceptional educators to their existing education approaches. The project sought to explore, through practice, what happens when designers (creating outcomes for people) and educators (creating people as outcomes) collaborate. The program is now scalable across multiple schools with varied design questions.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
A unique design and education collaboration, Design Managers Australia(DMA) and Macquarie Primary School came together to develop a design learning program for Grade 5/6 students. The intention was to undertake a formal, reusable service design process to learn service design theory through practice with a real world problem: improving the car park experience for the school. Students undertook research, prototyping, analysis and testing themselves with outstanding design and education outcomes.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
DesignInSchools was delivered in its original form over six modules and 10 weeks. It can be now delivered in any number of schools with relevant design questions.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
DesignInSchools took place in Canberra Australia. The project was initiated in October 2015 and delivered between then and March 2016.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Meta, Strategic and Service Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
DMA developed an original syllabus for DesignInSchools, collaborating with leading educators. Over six modules students learned how to apply their existing skills to a new methodology: Service Design. Students used a range of design techniques (research, analysis, prototyping-paper and physical, testing and design specification development) but self-defined their particular interest and specific techniques they wished to pursue. School Management received a professional design artefact to enable implementation - making the outcomes real.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The product was the development of six modules of service design education delivery, key outputs and artefacts and teaching in service design techniques.

TAGS:
service design, design, education, children

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
DesignInSchools had a design and education focus. It was an opportunity to explore with a group of eleven year olds how service design can be used as a creative, problem-solving discipline and how it can extend an inquiry-based education focus. DMA’s process moved through intent, design research, analysis, prototyping, testing and solution development. The overarching approach was validated with teaching staff and incorporated formal teaching techniques such as the use of a glossary for recall, and split-screening to reflect on process and content.

CHALLENGE:
DMA focused on key questions: Would ‘little people’ take to purposeful play, rather than just play? Would theory through practice, rather than ‘teaching design skills’ be a successful model? How would ‘little people’ think and cope with formal methodological processes? How would ‘little people’ cope with being expected to act as collaborators – organising to work as much as being ‘led and taught’? We were also interested testing the oft quoted reflection ‘if only we could be as creative and open thinking as children’ was actually a real concept.

ADDED DATE:
2016-06-29 06:54:20

TEAM MEMBERS (5) :
Designer: Mel Edwards, Designer: Justin Barrie, Macquarie Primary School: Wendy Cave, Macquarie Primary School: Brendan Briggs and Macquarie Primary School: Faith Bentley

IMAGE CREDITS:
images: Justin Barrie and Mel Edwards, 2015, 2016.
Video Credits: Newcast Studios, 2016.


PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
Trade Mark pending (Australia) for DesignInSchools.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Macquarie Primary School

PROFILE:
DMA is a Canberra Australia based Services Design Agency. Macquarie Primary School is a government school offering quality education for students from pre-school to year 6 in Canberra Australia.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Designinschools Education Curriculum by Design Managers Australia is a Nominee in Meta, Strategic and Service Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Designinschools Education Curriculum by Design Managers Australia is Runner-up for A' Design Award in Meta, Strategic and Service Design Category, 2016 - 2017.



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