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8th Grade Design Thinking: Home

Find resources based on the topics covered in the 8th grade Design Thinking session on Grade-Level Programs Day.


What is design thinking? Design thinking is a mindset and approach to problem-solving and innovation based on designers’ workflows for mapping out stages of design. At its core, the purpose of design thinking is to provide collaborators with a standardized innovation process to develop creative solutions to problems.

Why is design thinking needed? Innovation is defined as a product, process, service, or business model featuring two critical characteristics: novel and useful. Yet, there’s no use in creating something new and novel if people won’t use it. Design thinking offers innovation the upgrade it needs to inspire meaningful and impactful solutions.