As part of IDSA's on-going efforts to connect design to the K-12 education system, we have just successfully concluded the 2012 IDSA Design Learning Challenge. All participants in this year’s challenge did an excellent job. A few students surpassed all expectations, and we wish to acknowledge their achievements as well as thank jury members, facilitators and sponsors.
Panelists: Tania Aldous of World Kitchen, Doris Wells-Papanek of Tailored Learning Tools, Ann-Marie Conrado of Notre Dame, Pamela Nyberg of Thrive, and Marianne Grisdale of TEAMS Design / Section Chair of Housewares
Doris Wells-Papanek, IDSA collaborates with educators, practitioners and learners to design and research learning experiences as principal of Tailored Learning Tools. She has coached educators and learners of all ages, authored papers and presented at conferences. She has co-authored and published five research-based and learning-centered books. She also collaborates with companies and learning organizations such as Apple and Xerox, as well as Waukegan Public Schools and University of Illinois. She holds a master’s in curriculum and instruction design from National-Louis University and a bachelor’s degree in product and environmental design from the Kansas City Art Institute & School of Design.
The primary purpose of the IDSA Design Learning Challenge 2012 is to expose children to design thinking and create an active awareness of the industrial design discipline as a career option before students leave high school. College design students all over the United States will be challenged to co-create innovative and participatory design learning experiences with art students in grades 6-12, anchored in design thinking and learning skills.
IDSA was asked by a group of 8th graders to help them with a career's project they where working on, and we felt the questions they asked would be interesting for many kids considering a career in industrial design. A group of four designers in very different positions were brought to gether to answer the questions.