The second graders dove right into the design cycle and were proud to be the first class to take on a project in our new Design Lab. The challenge: design an ideal cubby for a classmate. They began the first phase, Empathize, by getting to know a classmate and identifying their needs through an interview. Mr. Lenz helped them move into the next phase, Define, by expressing the biggest need their partner had in their cubby. The three primary cubby needs that arose during the process were: privacy, decoration, and hook/shelf organization. Next came the Ideate phase where they brainstormed and sketched different ideas. During the Prototype stage, they had to get rulers out to measure the dimensions of the cubby in order to being creating. Over several days, work continued both in the design lab and in the classroom. They learned patience as they saw that good things take time! As the students finished what they were making, they continued to check in with their partner and test to ensure that it met their needs. What an exciting first engagement in the design process! Feel free to come check out the cubbies outside of the second grade classroom to see the spaces come to life.