Extreme by Design, airing nationally on PBS later this year, will have a premiere viewing at the Hillview Performing Arts Center in a very special event for our District. The hour-long movie follows a band of college students who design and build products to solve seemingly intractable problems for the world's poor. One student's team must create a breathing device to keep babies in Bangladesh from dying of pneumonia. Another seeks a way to store drinking water for Indonesian villagers.
Following the screening, we'll have a post show panel discussion with filmmaker, Ralph King Jr., a Pulitzer Prize nominee, and discuss how both Stanford and MPCSD students are using design thinking to tackle challenges big and small with an innovator's mindset.
So what is an innovator's mindset?
Design thinking is all about developing and using a mindset that believes:
* I am a powerful thinker
* If I share my ideas they will grow and improve
* If I test my ideas and make adjustments, my final product will be better
Sound obvious? Perhaps, but we see time and again that some kids tend to cling to their first idea, and not be willing to test and make changes. Other kids are reluctant to share their ideas. We are committed to innovation as a District Core Value, and we want our kids to be inspried to make positive change in our community and in the world! So how do we encourage an innovator's mindset in the classroom? Come see the film and panel discussion to find out!