Sixth Graders Use Design Method for School Transformation

Since the start of the semester, Mr. Cugley’s sixth graders have been visiting the D3 Lab weekly.  Back in September, they were given the challenge of dreaming up a project to help Nightingale.  After weeks of exploring the campus and reflecting on their own daily routines, several problems were identified.  Students decided they wanted to address the number of bleachers on the blacktop, its lack of color, and its warm water fountains, as well as recycling around campus and the lack of a uniform for the school’s mascot.  After interviewing Nightingale staff and students, each group was able to brainstorm possible solutions to their problem and determine which one was the best.  The sixth graders are now planning for a new water fountain system and new bleachers, as well as drafting plans for wall paintings, a recycling mosaic, and a mascot uniform.  As part of the process, they are also writing letters to various recipients, from school administration to professional basketball players, asking for support and funding for project plans.  We’re all very excited to see how each project progresses!

Categories: Uncategorized


The D3 Lab is a collaboration between the Pearson Foundation's New Learning Institute, COMMONstudio design consultancy, and Nightingale Middle School in Los Angeles. It is one part idea lab, one part design and production facility, and one part "do tank." It is a place where students come to nurture and cultivate ideas, tackle big and small problems, and take action.

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: