The Designathon Clearwater 2017 was the first time a U.S. location hosted a Global Children’s Designathon. The successful event had 27 students ages 7-12 from the local community participate for the first time at the Saint Paul’s Fab Lab in Clearwater. There were 14 girls and 13 boys. The event was significant because of it’s connection with the global Designathon Works community, with Clearwater joining 17 key cities hosting the 3rd annual event.
This year’s theme was water, with students choosing from four major global water challenges to design a solution for. The designathon process is a design thinking method developed for children to empower and unleash their creativity to design a better world using new technologies.
Students worked in teams to ideate and sketch their inventions. Using supplied materials and the resources of Saint Paul’s Fab Lab, students created prototypes of their ideas. After the models were complete, they were presented to the group and the panel of experts for consideration and review. The designs were excellent, with some some very original and feasible solutions.
The Designathon Works organizers will be presenting a report to the Global Future Councils of the World Economic Forum summarizing the Global Children’s Designathon. The Designathon Works organizers did a fabulous job of supporting the event and helped make the first time go smoothly. Parent support was excellent and the students had a fun time. We look forward to hosting the event again next year.
Designathon Clearwater 2017 at Saint Paul's Fab Lab!
Posted by Designathon Works Florida on Wednesday, November 15, 2017
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