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U of M College of Design's "Design Lab" to teach design thinking skills to local K-6 teachers and students

A “Learning Village” to be designed at Baker Community Center/Cherokee Heights Elementary School in St. Paul, July 6-9

What: Design Lab will help local K-6 teachers and students build design thinking skills
When: Tuesday through Friday, July 6-9. Media interested in covering Design Lab, must RSVP to Laura Weber or Jeff Falk
Where: Baker Community Center, 209 W. Page St., St. Paul

Contacts: Laura Weber, College of Design,, (612) 625-6566
Jeff Falk, University News Service,, (612) 626-1720

July 6, 2010

The University of Minnesota College of Design’s Design Lab (DLab) workshop this week will help local K-6 teachers and students build critical design thinking skills. DLab will take place Tuesday through Friday, July 6-9, at Baker Community Center, 209 W. Page St., St. Paul.

Participants will receive hands-on instruction from assistant professor of architecture John Comazzi and undergraduate and graduate students and will use the design process to understand and engage with natural phenomenon. Over the course of four days, students ages 4-11 will design a series of gathering spaces that incorporate wind, water, light and sound using sustainable materials such as straw bales and willow reeds. Cherokee Heights Elementary School teachers will participate in the project as well, learning ways to incorporate the design process into their curriculum.

“In preparing our students to successfully operate within an increasingly complex and interconnected world, it is imperative that we prepare them with the necessary skills to innovate and solve problems,” says Comazzi. “The interdisciplinary nature of design education gives students a range of competencies to activate and integrate their knowledge of core subjects like geography and algebra, or language arts and history, to solve a myriad of challenges presented to them.”

Design lessons will focus on sketching, diagramming, model building and prototyping structures. Participants will present their finished projects at 4:30 p.m. Friday, July 9.

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