For students and educators

“Better Life by Design” Short Film Series


Be inspired by these true stories of students and teachers leveraging design thinking to create solutions for everyday challenges and problems they have witnessed in their schools and communities.

Episode 1: Umbrella for Uncle Soh

A group of students from Cedar Girls’ Secondary School explored ways to help the elderly carry out their daily chores more easily. They decided to find a solution for Uncle Soh who had walking difficulties. Find out how they transformed an umbrella into a trendy walking aid for him.


Episode 2: A new D&T Lab

How can a dark and dingy workroom be transformed into a bright and welcoming space where ideas come to life? Just ask Commonwealth Secondary School’s teachers as they underwent a design thinking exercise to redesign their Design & Technology Lab. More importantly, they kept the students – the users of the space – at the core of their design process.


Episode 3: Tilda

Having empathy is the first step to addressing a problem, and Nanyang Girls’ High School wants their students to understand that. Some of their students even explored unfamiliar solutions to help a special needs person regain some independence and dignity.


Episode 4: Raiz-Up!

Watch how Broadrick Secondary School’s students solved a problem for the school cleaners who had trouble picking up heavy trash bags. This ingenious confluence of science, technology and the design thinking methodology is a recipe for success! 


What's Next

If you have been inspired by the videos and want to learn more about design:

  • Hop over to our Design Education page and check out all the programmes and resources available for you to embark on your own design journey
  • Check out the many stories and case studies of everyday folks making a difference with design

We are constantly on a look out for good stories on design in education. If you are an educator or student who has been using design thinking to create solutions for everyday challenges and problems, we’ll love to hear from you too! You can also drop us an email at and we’ll be happy to assist you with your enquiries.

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