This week at C:/dags, D3 facilitators got to review and reflect on a range final student design projects. The first round of projects was facilitated by Vanya Hollis, who teaches Health class for all three schools at Augustus Hawkins. The goal of this project was to design games that helped to reinforce the central class topics of her class such as stress management, healthy relationships, and coping with depression. Students worked in groups and used aspects of the D3 process to help them build empathy and develop game design concepts. Vanya was happy to report that some of the best final projects were so successful that students come into play them at lunch and after school!
The next round of final projects came from the 9th grade Geography class under the direction of Mr. Gomez. For this project, students spent the first half of the semester researching and understanding issues of urban ecology and sustainable design by reading relevant books and articles, and conducting online research. The last eight weeks were spent taking an in-depth look at the C:/dags campus to propose how it could be improved with new systems for waste and water management, renewable electricity, and food production. The staff room was filled with final models, which taken together resembled an dense urban city full of exciting potential. Some students even incorporated working lights into their models! These projects are a taste of what’s to come at C:/dags!