On November 11th, Saint Paul’s School in Clearwater will be joining cities like London, Singapore, Tel Aviv, Nairobi, Amsterdam and Vancouver, as a host for the 3rd Annual Global Children’s Designathon.
Every year in November, Designathon Works organizes a worldwide event during which children in different cities around the world work in parallel with the Designathon methodology to find solutions for societal or environmental issues.
Saint Paul’s was selected as a host because of our curriculum, Fab Lab resources, and dedicated educators for Design Thinking and Maker Education.
The Designathon methodology combines aspects of Design Thinking and Maker Education, both approaches which are gaining ground in education systems around the world, and uses them to work around societal and environmental issues such as mobility, water, food, waste and circular economy. Students from 7 to 12 years old develop solutions to major social problems and through this process the new generation of changemakers is cultivated.
The students will work with the steps of the Designathon process: inspire, research, ideate, sketch, make and present. During the process, children from different cities will communicate their ideas with each other through live video exchange. They will be guided by our Fab Lab Director Paul Haberstroh, and other designers, makers, and education professionals. At the end of the day students will present their inventions to the panel of experts that will give them feedback, and will announce four inventions that excel in categories like: empathy, execution, short term implementation, and long term implementation.