In our quest to broaden young minds by giving the applied technical skills over the years, one thing has become apparent to AkiraChix. We need to embed the seeds of encouragement from a very young age. This is why we have begun running a kids outreach targeting children between the ages of 7- 13, exposing them to different facets of technology and sparking creativity and curiosity.
We start our sessions by doing an introduction to Design Thinking. Our purpose of teaching design thinking is to encourage students to gain confidence iterating on designs based on human needs, while working with different materials. This training serves as the foundation for teaching programming using the MIT scratch course which we shall teach in the third and final term of the school year.
We held our first design thinking class at the St. George’s primary school, on 29th June 2015. St. George’s is a public primary school and is serving as the pilot for our Kids program. We started off by doing rule formation for the Computer club. The students got the opportunity to make the own rules and the consequences for breaking these rules.
Once we were done with the rule formation we began our design thinking class. We divided up the students into nine groups of six each. The students carried out the 5 chairs exercise and where they selected a design challenge problem to work on. The exercise involved designing a chair for a grandpa, an astronaut, an athlete or a toddler.They were to design a prototype of the chair based on the user requirements. After the exercise they presented their ideas to their fellow club members.
One more thing, we are also preparing for our Kids Kamp that will be August 10- 14, 2015. Keep an eye on our blog for more information 🙂 .