To help instill the stages of design thinking, the adapted storyline was presented in the workshop where teamwork, a key to success in human-centered design, was needed to help the animals tackle problems.
“With this story, it was easier for the kids to empathize with the way the animals might be feeling in a new place and define the challenges they face there,” said Janna Tan, Associate Experience Designer at EPAM. “For this introductory part, we printed out laminated animal cards to use as activity sheets. After that, the kids came up with some ideas of the things the animals could create utilizing the available tools and materials to overcome challenges. Since it was a hands-on learning workshop, the kids were also able to prototype their ideas and share them during our show-and-tell session. This helped them to understand that design is all about cross-collaboration and learning from each other. In this way, we walked the kids through all the five stages of design thinking.”