Creating Innovators Through Design Thinking


If creative thought begins with a child’s very first acts of curiosity, exploration and play, why is this impulse lost?

The world needs innovation. By providing a way solve problems, design thinking is the nexus between learning, feeling and making. The human capacity to create and innovate is alive in any person willing to search, question, tinker and invent the future. Come learn how to welcome students into this process.  This three-day seminar explores the instructional philosophy, tools and activities that nurture essential innovative thinking. This workshop develops the different strategies and skills necessary to build creative, collaborative, and design-minded classrooms and design thinking spaces. In St. Andrew’s D!Lab facility, participants will explore the tools, CAD software and machines (3D, Milling and Laser Systems) that take design thinking across all ages and into all realms of curricula.  

Great minds are born not simply of rote knowledge but from the continuous habit of curiosity. One essential job of educators is to provide the space and program for designing the future world students will live in as citizens. This requires minds that lead with ingenuity.

This workshop offers teachers of all ages and experience a powerful and persuasive way of teaching.

Fees include materials and daily breakfast and lunch.

Facilitator: Charles (Chuck) James is an educator and curriculum development specialist in science and design thinking education. Chuck’s instructional work in design thinking, technology, and innovation, includes creating curricula for The National Science Foundation, NASA, The American Geologic Institute, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and the American Chemical Society.  James was twice awarded the state-level Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics for the District of Columbia and The Congressional Black Caucus has recognized him for his contributions to science and mathematics education and his focus on at-risk students. Chuck is the Director of the D!Lab at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School (@SAESDLab).

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