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Design thinking drives problem solving at Heatherwood


Last updated 4/14/2016 at Noon

Photo by Jennifer Simms Heatherwood Elementary School student Simon Schmid creates a prototype of his play structure with the help of his mom, Kate Schmid, during the school’s Design Thinking Challenge Night.

A new play structure. The best backpack ever. Over 300 Heatherwood Elementary School parents and students used the Design Thinking method to dream up solutions for common elementary school problems, at the first ever family challenge night on Thursday, April 7. Participants worked together as a family to design and build a product prototype, which they presented to a classroom of participants.

“I liked all the colors and using all the puff balls,” second grader Kaitlyn Tschoepe said as she explained the climbing wall she and her mom created for their play structure.

“It was fun beca...

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