The Design TeamTop of Page

Design Lab Leads: Harlin Hansen (Instructional Technology Lead) & Sandeep Tulachan (Technical Support)

Harlin and Sandeep will manage the schedule, materials and equipment for the design space, as well as lead skill building lessons. Design Leads may enlist Harlin and/or Sandeep to partner teach a project based based on the specific project's equipment or instructional needs.

Administrative Support Team: Superintendent Beth Polito, Middle School Principal Steve Frank, Elementary School Principal Lauren Petrea

The administrative team will attend design team meetings, provide communications regarding the design program and support for the continuity and quality of the program. The administrative team will also coordinate with the design team and community or parent experts.

Design Consultant 
Molly B. Zielezinski PhD has spent more than a decade teaching and researching technology, design and learning in K-12. She recently earned a PhD from Stanford in Learning Sciences & Technology Design where she spent five years working on the strategic implementation of design thinking throughout the state of Utah. In her research on this program, her team identified the profound potential of design thinking as vehicle for authentic problem solving that promotes creative confidence and scaffolds empathy driven solution finding.  Today, she works in partnership with schools, districts, technology companies and other organizations to support the continuous improvement of their curriculum, processes and products by introducing and amplifying a research-based approach to their work on the ground.

In Woodside, Molly brings her years of experience to the table training new teachers on the design thinking process and mindsets. She also works with the Design Leadership Team, supporting the Woodside Design Initiative by providing research-based resources, training, and professional support when and where it is needed. 

Design Lab Teacher Leaders:  Debbie Faleschini (grades TK-2), Gillian Parkhurst (grades 3-5) and Melissa Bowdoin (middle school). 
Design Teacher Leaders will work with their grade span teaching teams to choose or create integrated projects. In addition, they will provide support for organizing those projects, such as scheduling the design space, acquiring materials or organizing guest experts.  

MissionTop of Page

Students will use design practices to develop their abilities in understanding others, analyzing challenges, and reflecting on their own work.

DescriptionTop of Page

Students will move through a progression of “Skill Builders” that build design skills from Kindergarten through 8th grade. Additionally, students will be involved in grade-level projects taking them through the design process: Find It, Sketch It, Build It, and Share It.  

What does the program look like for...Top of Page

Grades TK-2
In these early years, the design program will be working on the development of skills and practices.  In this grade span, students will take part primarily in “Skill Builder” and “Tool Intro” sessions. In the “Skill Builder” sessions students will learn about interviewing, brainstorming, sketching, collaborating, prototyping, and testing. In the “Tool Intro” sessions students will learn how to use a variety of tools including iMovie for iPad, Makerbot’s Printshop, KidPix, Pages, BeeBots, littleBits and TinkerCAD. In addition to “Skill Builder” and “Tool Intro” sessions, each grade will plan one week-long design project that incorporates academic content.
 
Grades 3-5
In later elementary years, the students are more familiar with design practices and are ready to apply them to more complex projects. The students will work on three different projects, one during each trimester. The project duration will be a total twelve periods and all projects will align with the academic curriculum. Additionally, built into the twelve week period will be a cycle of evaluation and revision to help students develop grit. These projects will incorporate a variety of materials and may include the following technology: littleBits, Sketch, Pages, Adobe Creative Suite, TinkerCAD, SketchUp, iMovie, and DIY Electronics.
 
Grades 6-8
During middle school students will be taking on year-long projects that incorporate multiple disciplines. The projects will expand on technical skills attained in previous years and engage with the community. In 2016-17 we'll focus on fine-tuning projects for grades 7 and 8. During this school year, 6th grade will participate in the program through elective classes and a la carte projects with teachers. At the 7th-grade level, students will work in pairs or groups on projects that address an issue that the town of Woodside faces. At the 8th-grade level projects will be more independent and students will be able to work on a topic of their choice within San Mateo County. Additionally, students may use the following technologies in their projects: Arduino/Raspberry Pi, HTML/CSS, Adobe Creative Suite, SketchUp, iMovie, Final Cut Pro, and InVision.

Benefits, Process & Collaborative ApproachTop of Page

Benefits of the Design Program

  • Assist students in the development of skills needed for a changing world; understanding that professionals today work in cross-disciplinary teams on adaptive challenges that constantly shift;

  • Design projects provide context and experience in academic work, critical thinking, collaboration, iteration, analysis, and reflection;

  • Students enjoy the flexibility to explore ideas through personal strengths and learning styles;

  • Students are able to build and foster relationships within the community.

    Process

  • Find It — Identify a problem to be solved by using the design process

  • Sketch It — Explore ideas and possible solutions

  • Build It — Create a prototype of the design and refine prototype based on feedback

  • Share It — Communicate and assess the process and purpose of the design

  • Creative space — Our design lab houses the equipment and tools that allow students to fully execute their ideas

Collaborative Approach

The program is lead by a collaborative group of administrators, teacher leads, and the technology department. This approach allows for optimal opportunities to create experiences that maximize student potential for creativity and learning.