A Design Thinking Approach to Community Service

Students in Mrs. Diane Richards’ Intro to Design Thinking class are introduced to a five-step plan of creative problem-solving based on a human-centered approach. Last year, Mrs. Richards and students Michael Vanelli ‘19 and Maggie Pearson ’18 learned The Ricketts Center, the local Olivet boys’ and girls’ club, was not usually open on Saturdays due to budget constraints. For the sake of neighborhood kids, they wanted to change that situation, and the students worked with Mrs. Richards during the spring term and over the summer to create a plan for the 2016-17 academic year. A partnership has now been established where Hill School students and faculty volunteer on “Open Saturdays” (built into The Hill’s class schedule), which allows the Center to be open. Enjoy this video to learn more about this transformative program

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