PSP’s first (Brain)storm!

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Minneapolis got a foot of snow this week and with the storm came new faces! We had a handful of new teens move in and had solid numbers of 4-5 kids each session. We also had a recurring teen who walked through the D3 process for the new kids and explained each step, impressive! With successful and oftentimes hilarious icebreakers like the Paper Tower Challenge and Master Designer, we started our sessions off with energy and teamwork.
We continued this week with brainstorming ways to utilize paper’s versatility within PSP. We researched a bit with the D3 computers, but most of the kids responded to just winging it (something we were so excited to see!) and seeing what they came up with as they folded and glued. A few kids weren’t so comfortable with not having an end result with this part of the process, so we helped guide them along with some collaboration: starting an idea out of paper and letting them finish it. We ended up with some pretty awesome tactile designs and toward the end of the week, the kids had started putting two or three designs together into a collective piece. 
We are already so proud of our teens, as seeing what they face on a daily basis is never far from our view. We’ve already seen great strides in being more respectful to one another, taking the sessions more seriously and truly being proud of something they created. It’s a very humbling way to end the day!
Emily + Beau

Categories: dream it, people serving people


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.

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