What Was Done:
DesignSingapore Council (Dsg) actively sought out schools who have made significant progress in school improvement and the social innovation space using Design Thinking as a method of inquiry. Dsg worked with four shortlisted schools to share their journey with the rest of Singapore schools through a series of videos. Students and teachers on the projects were intimately involved in the development and production of these Dsg-sponsored main videos and blooper videos. Dsg then amplified their efforts through a social media campaign which garnered 642,000 views on our social media platforms.
How Things Were Done:
Schools shared each of their signature project with Dsg as follows before Dsg engaged a professional production company to work out the script and involve the students and teachers in the production:
- Cedar Girls’ School: Umbrella for Uncle Soh (click here for video link)
A social innovation project where a student team developed an umbrella walking stick prototype for him to allow him to use a walking stick without being stigmatised
- Commonwealth Secondary School: A New D&T Lab! (click here for video link)
A teacher team went on a user journey to identify ways to revamp a Design & Technology laboratory to increase student usage
- Nanyang Girls’ High School (click here for video link); Tilda
An interdisciplinary project where students identified the need of a stroke patient to feed herself following a Learning Journey to a social organization and developed a hydraulic tray to address her needs
- Broadrick Secondary School (click here for video link): Raiz-Up!
A group of students used Design Thinking to improve the working conditions for an elderly janitor, developing a hydraulic lift to help him lift heavy trash bags following the completion of the 4 videos, a social media campaign was launched in 2020 to share the stories with the rest of the education fraternity through the 4 main videos as well as a series of bloopers. Schools could also use these videos in their own external engagements.