Tools at schools: a classroom for kids designed by kids

The holidays give me more of a chance to catch up with reading about the research and projects that are happening around the world. So I was interested in reading about  the Tools for schools project. It was a fantastic project involving year 8 students. The project was an initiative to teach younger secondary students the process of design as a problem-solving tool. The students (44) were immersed in the design process at The School at Columbia University. Here they focused on research, the process of formulating ideas, 3D modeling and finally they had the launch. The students experienced success not only in their concepts but also in the awareness they gained in the process.

The project is going to be an exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York shortly and along the way it has won numerous awards.

“Design studio aruliden, together with Bernhardt Design, conceived Tools at Schools as an initiative to teach eighth graders the value of design as a problem-solving tool at The School at Columbia University. What started as a simple effort to get involved in the community grew into a much larger realization that design has a role in the classroom. Their success was not only in their concepts, but in the awareness each student gained in the process. The result was a collaborative vision of today’s classroom – designed for kids by kids.”

The students documented their progress of their project in video format and they had a very impressive final result.

The final day: The final products and the Tools at Schools project are revealed to the public for the first time at the 2011 ICFF. Family, faculty and friends alike were on-hand to see the prototypes, hear the students’ stories and experience the entire process. Not to mention witness the student’s win the 2011 Editor’s Choice for Best Design Schools

it is definitely worth having a look at this showcase of student achievement.


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