FastCoExist published a story on the Global Children’s Designathon, which was held on November 15th. The event aimed to not only to expose children to problem solving skills used in design and engineering but to harness the creative thinking among the kids that’s often lost on adults.
For the designers behind the workshop, the event was a way to introduce children to skills they probably aren’t learning in the classroom. “A big impetus for the project is the way children learn or don’t learn,” says Emer Beamer, founder of Unexpect, a Dutch agency that focuses on teaching children how to use design to tackle global challenges.
“Often schools are teaching kids things they might never need to know again, and we’re not teaching them how to be creative, or design, or how to hack new technologies or deal with unexpected situations,” she says. “A lot of people are aware that we really need to change education, but they don’t know how. This is one method that could inspire people. It’s basically design thinking, adapted for children.”
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