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DIVE IN!: An Integrated Design Thinking / STEM Curriculum

DIVE IN! is a middle school curriculum that integrates STEM learning activities and the design thinking process. Inspired by the "Design for the Other 90%" movement, DIVE IN! focuses on addressing water issues in local and global communities.

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The Dive In! An Integrated Design Thinking/STEM Curriculum Teacher Guide provides an overview of the project goals, background information on design thinking, teaching tips, a curriculum calendar overview, descriptions of materials, lesson plans, and material lists and resources.

Dive In! An Integrated Design Thinking/STEM Curriculum provides an integrated approach to building science, technology, engineering and math knowledge and skills while engaging students in both identifying and solving problems in their communities and the larger world using a design thinking approach. The focus of this year’s curriculum is water. In this four-week program, students will dive into a range of high-energy activities as they solve water-based challenges. They will be immersed in learning about the water conservation, drought, purification, recycling, patterns of use, products that have been designed for those in developing countries and other topical issues that impact global water usage. As they conduct interviews and do observations, they will develop empathy. Data synthesis provides the opportunity to uncover deep user needs and insights. Highly generative brainstorming techniques will give student tools to create innovative solutions. They will build prototypes, test them, and incorporate user feedback. Students will leave the program with the creative confidence to become active problem solvers in innovative, human-centered ways that will help them confront the challenges and possibilities that surround us in the 21st century.

This curriculum is a collaboration between the Stanford University REDLab (Research in Education and Design Lab), d.loft STEM Learning staff, Stanford University students in the Winter and Spring 2012 sections of the course, Educating Young STEM Thinkers, teachers and students from the East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy in East Palo Alto, CA, the Bayside S.T.E.M. Academy in San Mateo, CA, and the Stanford-Sunnyvale Summer School in Sunnyvale, CA. 

To download the curriculum, visit the d.loft STEM website


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