The Power of Applied Design Thinking

LEVEL 5, Bahrain
April 10 - 11, 2020

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Design thinking can be used in a variety of aways across PK12 settings. Take a deep dive over two days and learn how it can be leveraged in your context.

About this Event

“Design thinking requires bridging the 'knowing-doing gap'. The tools of the design thinker - getting out into the world to be inspired by people, using prototyping to learn with our hands, creating stories to share our ideas, joining forces with people from other disciplines are ways of deepening what we know and widening the impact of what we do.” - Tim Brown, CEO and President of IDEO

Design thinking is a process used for practical and creative problem-solving. It utilizes a range of tangible strategies focused on garnering empathy, rapid prototyping and user-testing. At its core, it is human-centered design.

This workshop will focus on authentic ways in which design thinking can be leveraged by students, teachers and school leadership teams in PK12 settings. This not only includes the development of learning experiences (IB or GCSE), but also a range of other applications including, guiding community engagement, redesigning learning spaces or leading organizational change.

Who is it for?

  • Educators - Upper elementary/primary through to grades 12
  • Those interested in exploring how design thinking can be leveraged to support change leadership initiatives

What will you do?

  • Explore design thinking across grades/year 3-12 settings
  • Develop strategies for garnering empathy and understanding users
  • Design, rapid prototype and iterate using a variety of creative tools (digital and physical)
  • Collaborate with like-minded professionals

What will you walk away with?

  • An understanding of a design thinker mindset
  • Techniques for building authentic student empathy
  • Exercises that grow “creative muscle”
  • A framework and activities for solving challenges using design thinking
  • Planning tools and strategies to begin implementing design thinking in your classroom
  • Experience using creative tools for rapid prototyping


About the Facilitator, Luke Meinen

Luke is the manager of LEVEL 5, Bahrain where he coordinates events and workshops and facilitates learning experiences. Over the past year, he has worked to co-create this new space with the Riffa Views International School community. He is also working to activate the education community in Bahrain through the organization of TeachMeets, collaborative groups and social gatherings for educators and leaders.

Prior to joining LEVEL 5, he worked as an elementary educator for nine years in East Asia, Africa and the Middle East designing authentic learning experiences for his classes and colleagues. He enjoys fabrication, playing basketball and spending time with his family in his free time.

You can follow him on Twitter, Instagram or his blog.