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Why We Need to Apply Design Thinking in Education?

The existing, highly methodological way of imparting education cannot shape the 21st century kids, who have to shoulder the burden of taking ahead the technological advancements and the cultural heritage to the next level. According to Er Manmeet Singh Nayyar, an MIT certified Design Thinking Leader; our education system needs to strengthen the process of learning following a design thinking approach for empowering children develop creative and problem solving skills. Mr. Nayyar has completed his Graduate Engineering & Executive Management from the US, and is highly critical about the Indian theoretical teaching system that lacks innovation, creativity, and human-centric approach. The difference in the learning process jolted him to the extent that he decided to return to India and introduce innovative learning systems based on design thinking approach.

Introducing Design Thinking Approach in Education

Mr. Nayyar believes that bringing design thinking approach in our education systems requires a collaborative effort from both teachers and parents. He explains that Design Thinking is an approach that enhances the creative confidence of the students, and to use this approach in learning systems, it is important to enable children to see the world through the lens of WHAT and HOW. The methodology of What and How in design thinking approach is explained through experiential learning, based on empathy and experimentation, rather theoretical lectures.

Creating Seamless and Genuine Experiences

In design thinking approach, it is essential for the parents and teachers to create seamless and genuine experiences for the students and for that the learning process must be based on empathy and experimentation.

Empathy: Parents and teachers must wear the hats of the students to understand their requirements and their frustrations. The learning process should be created for the children in such way that it helps them explore at their level and not how a grown mind explores things.

Experimentation: Experimentation is not just imperative to education system but also to business processes and management. Through experimentation, it is the idea of prototyping that needs to be encouraged in children. This helps them in learning that failure is the part of process development and not an end in itself, which ultimately motivates the children to keep practicing until successful.

Applying Design Thinking Approach on the Four Pillars of Learning

For the holistic development of children, Mr. Nayyar recommends design thinking approach for all the four pillars of learning: Spiritual, Physical, Intelligence, and Emotional. Where on one hand, Intelligence Quotient (IQ) and Emotional Quotient (EQ) are widely discussed; Spiritual Quotient (SQ) and Physical Intelligence (PQ) are often ignored. Mr. Nayyar stresses upon building all these 4 Quotients for the development of right cognitive abilities and applying design thinking approach in developing these abilities to gain multiple intelligences essential for being an efficient and productive leader and a happy and healthy human.

In the learning process, the first step is to acknowledge the importance of all these quotients and accordingly develop the learning process for each quotient based on the design thinking approach. The six-step process of applying the design thinking approach is:

The six-step process of applying the design thinking approach is:

UNDERSTAND

As design thinking is about practical, experimental learning, it is critical for the children to understand the problem, on their own or as a team.

IDEATE

Enable them to turn their views into real-time ideas and specific plans to carry out the tasks.

OBSERVE

Observation of the surroundings helps children learn about their environment well, which enable them to find their own place in the environment.

PROTOTYPE

Prototyping helps them find faults in existing systems and choose the better way of doing things.

POINT OF VIEW

Once the children get the idea how things works, let them share their opinions, get the contexts, and imagine, and re-imagine things in ways to get unique point-of-view.

TEST

At the final test, children can test their ideas and check what was prototyped and achieve the desired result after consideration or re-consideration.

We need the design thinking approach in contemporary education to empower our children to walk the path of life with confidence, which is actually a real learning objective.

The Benefits of DIY Kits in Learning Process

When Mr. Manmeet Singh Nayyar returned to India, he just didn’t come up with the ideas, but with all the tangible elements for the effective implementation of the design thinking approach in our education system. After meticulous research and rigorous working, he came up with a range of patented Do-It-Yourselves Kits for children of age group 3-13 that are specifically designed to help kids understand the complex scientific elements on their own or with a little help from the parents or teachers. Besides, at SpieQ, we provide Infinity School Kits that is developed to enable children learn the tough academic/scientific concepts through experimentation. The kits have been carefully crafted applying design thinking approach to ensure children can enjoy while learning, not feel bored even for a moment.

Design for Environment (DFE)

Environmental Impacts of Manufacturing

Global Warming

Resource Depletion

Solid Waste

Water Pollution

Air Pollution

Land Degradation

DFE Guidelines

  • Do not combine materials incompatible in recycling
  • Label all component materials for recycling
  • Enable easy disassembly into separate material recycling streams
  • Use no surface treatments
  • Eliminate packaging
  • Reduce weight and size for shipping

Material Guidelines

  • Use recycled and recyclable industrial materials
  • Use natural materials which can be returned to biological decay cycles
  • Use processes which do not release toxic materials
  • Capture and reuse all hazardous materials