Empathy

Design a Learning Space

Educational spaces are challenged by: 

  1. Different students and interests
  2. Budget limitations
  3. Advances in technology and the challenges of keeping pace
  4. Multiple teachers, student ages, and schedules in conflict or competition for space

How would you design a building that would allow a very diverse group of people to share a space effectively? What kinds of activities do you see happening in this space? Will the space be more flexible or more "built in"? 

Use 3D design software to envision an educational space (Library / Computer Lab / Maker Space?) and use Excel to track any equipment and prices that would need to be considered as part of the budget. 

 

Design an Accessory

Design an accessory for your phone or watch using 3D software or photo editing software. Try the following process: 

Brainstorm! Find problems! Decide Whom you're solving for, What their needs are, and Why your work matters. Tell User Stories, Then: 

  1. Empathize
  2. Define
  3. Ideate
  4. Prototype
  5. Test 
  6. Repeat! 

If your idea is a good one, and feasible, try to build your accessory!

 

Raise Awareness Project

Research issues facing the world today, like violence, cancer or hunger. Find out how large the issue is, and why nobody has solved it yet. Prepare a presentation or video to help raise awareness and convince other people to care about the issue and do something about it. 

Do the following: 

  1. Write a letter to a government official
  2. Prepare a way to educate people about the problem
  3. Convince us to act differently, and try to help the problem improve. 
  4. Propose some possible solutions. 

Present your project to an audience, send your letter, follow up!

Informational Video or Series

Decide on a topic that interests you, and create an informational video / documentary / series on the subject. Write questions and interview people in your community. Develop your own timeline of events and  Here are some topic ideas: 

  1. History of Naples, FL
  2. Tourism in Southwest Florida
  3. Your favorite Author or Artist
  4. The Olympics
  5. How it's Made
  6. Prepare your favorite Meal
  7. ...? Come up with your own!

Shoot video, ideally using 2+ angles and 3-point lighting and mic audio whenever possible, and edit using video software like Adobe Premiere, iMovie, or Final Cut. Share your video on DVD or online.