In October, building on what he learned as an Intern at DesignHouse in Chicago, VA Tech's Chris Kitchen conducted a Design Jam with a group of high school freshmen Humanities students at Monacan High School near Richmond, Virginia.
The one-day workshop had as a mission statement to expose students to design and design thinking in a way that empowers the students to take advantage of their own creativity.
Chris focused on the key concepts of materials & processes, rapid ideation/prototyping, active problem solving and creative confidence
After learning about the sand casting process and its applications, the class divided into 6 teams for research & ideation with Chris mentoring and provide industrial design support.
Each group then had a chance to present their top three ideas. This was the first of what we hope to be many successful DesignHouse@HighSchool collaborations.