Nightingale Middle School, Los Angeles

Nightingale Middle School, located in Cypress Park, is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District. The D3 Lab 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. Programs take place during school, after school, in classrooms, in outdoor spaces, in the community, and in the D3 Lab itself.

At the D3 Lab, students learn by doing. We ask them to solve a problem by first defining what the problem is. Students start outside of the space – in the school or in the community – where they ask critical questions that uncover real human needs they want to address. They then iterate to develop an unexpected range of possible solutions and create rough prototypes to take back out into the field to test and retest with real people. The final design is actualized at the school or in the community. As designers, students address core subject matter including reading/writing, math, and science in a contextualized, situated manner.

To read the initial ethnographic research and opportunity assessment that inspired the D3 Lab at Nightingale concept, click here.

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