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Design Thinking in Preschool & Lower School

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Design Thinking is an integrated approach that offers students hands-on and creative ways to design, experiment, build and invent as they develop independence and self-regulation.

Design Thinking creates an atmosphere of problem solving, creativity, effective communication and collaboration. 

"What if?" That's the curious mindset we instill in our students when applying this process. Take risks. Don't be afraid to try again. Only then can one learn to be a true problem solver.

While Design Thinking principles have been employed by professionals for decades, its potential impact with regard to 21st-century learning has recently risen to the forefront of educational research.

What is Design Thinking?

It's all about the process. Design Thinking is not a replacement for the innovative teaching that has been the foundation of Sacred Heart education for years. It is, in essence, a new layer. It provides students with a tool, a system with which they can manage their thinking and discover simplicity and innovation. Read more Design Thinking principles >

“My favorite project was the egg drop in first grade. We had to make something to protect our egg so it wouldn’t break when we dropped it off the balcony.”
-Becca '29


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The Mater Campus Makerspace provides hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they develop independence, and self-regulation.

Sample Projects

Design Leprechaun Trap:
Collaborating with 4th graders, preschool students brainstorm and sketch out a design, collect materials, and work together to create a finished trap to capture the invasive, magical Leprechaun. Skills and concepts introduced are collaboration and communication.

Float a Penny:
In connection with Prekindergarten study of sink and float, each student designs a prototype and tests it in a bucket of water. Once successful, they float their design in the fountain on the Rosary courtyard. Using recycled materials, foil and tape, students learnt skills and concepts of collaboration, communication and working independently.

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Shara Hammet, Lower School Division Head

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Jennifer Adams, Instructional Coordinator/Administrative Assistant

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Ashley Zito, Director of Admission