Workshop time at PSP!

Last week, D3 facilitators stopped in for a visit to People Serving People, the site of a new D3 program that serves homeless teens in Minneapolis.  We had a chance to see their first large scale installation project, and observe new projects in progress.  PSP staff also had an opportunity to participate in a D3 design workshop.  The goal of the workshop was to provide a deeper understanding of what D3 is, how it works, and why it matters.  Participants were challenged with a series of interactive activities and a live design session to apply their new knowledge of the D3 process.  The one hour challenge was to work in teams to creatively protect a bowl of picnic candy from a hypothetical ant invasion. The process required empathy, creative problem solving, and technical execution of a physical prototype.  Teams then had to name and pitch their solutions in the style of an Billy Mays infomercial. One of our favorite outcomes was called the “HoverPicnic” a system for suspending cherished foodstuffs with helium balloons to create an elevated eating experience!  Workshop participants then discussed the future of the D3 program at PSP, including it’s potential tie-in with other programs already in place on site.  For more on D3 at PSP, stay tuned as we look forward to exciting new projects coming out of Minneapolis this summer!

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Categories: PSP, spotlight


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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