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What a busy and full day of learning and fun! We started with the introductions and an awesome chemistry presentation by Julie Andrew, then spent some time getting to know each other better back in our IBM classroom. We learned a lot already about our own individual communication styles.
After that, we dug into learning about innovation, the design process (empathy, defining a problem, ideating, prototyping and testing/ feedback) , and designer mindsets. We played a creative game of charades to help us solidify our understanding and remember them better. The designer mindsets are: cooperation, creativity, curiosity, persistence, risk- taking, and thinking.
Next, we jumped into our first design challenge. To magnify the importance of communication, we worked on building toothpick/marshmallow towers with limited communication. The designer and builder could only talk by using a verbal messenger. We learned that lack of communication can be very frustrating and limiting. After a great discussion, we repeated the task with full communication allowed. Our towers were MUCH better, and we learned the value of being able to share our thoughts and ideas with open communication. We were assisted by IBM employee, Bev Kurtz, who had wonderful insight to share with us.
We spent some time previewing our four big design challenges for the week:
We discussed our personal connections and stories that help us to relate to these issues, and several of us already have ideas for innovation.
To end the day, we brainstormed all the different types of communication and the reasons we use them. We will continue this list as we go.
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