NEISD Third Graders Practice Design Thinking
Submitted By Amy Chandler
Third grade Gifted and Talented students from 18 different elementary schools in North East ISD recently had the opportunity to participate in a field trip to culminate their learning about the design process. Encino Park Elementary hosted 110 third graders from the following schools: Encino Park, Wilderness Oak, Coker, Harmony Hills, Vineyard Ranch, Stone Oak, Tuscany Heights, Wetmore, Canyon Ridge, Castle Hills, Oak Meadow, Huebner, Longs Creek, Cibolo Green, Northwood, Wilshire, El Dorado, and Oak Grove.
During February and March, students in the third grade GT program learned about the design process and practiced design thinking while helping the citizens of the fictional planet City X! Students learned how to empathize, define problems, and ideate with their groups from different schools while using SMART amp, an online collaborative workspace. During the field trip held at Encino Park, students were able to finally meet each other face-to-face as well as create prototypes of their new inventions that will help solve City X’s problems. At the end of the day, students were able to share their inventions with others and take a gallery walk of all the amazing prototypes created!
Third graders also had a chance to listen to Mr. Paul Brown, Director, Product Management in Real Estate Lending from USAA. Mr. Brown shared how he uses the design process in his career and how it applies in the real world. The students enjoyed having a question and answer session with him and learning more about USAA. It was a great day of learning and fun!