What’s your problem?


Design thinking is more than just a process, it opens up an entirely new way to think, and offers a collection of hands-on methods to help you apply this new mindset. 

The second step in the design thinking process is to define the problem. This stage requires you to put together the information you have created and gathered during the Empathize stage, set out the specific challenge you will address, and guide the entire design process from here on out!

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Design thinking improves the world around us every day because of its ability to generate ground-breaking solutions in a disruptive and innovative way. Design thinking is more than just a process, it opens up an entirely new way to think, and offers a collection of hands-on methods to help you apply this new mindset. Check out the next step in the process often called Define or Reframe.


Family Adventure-tivity

We know that being at home can have its struggles, but take on a new role as interior designers! In this Family Adventure-tivity, your children will become interior designers as they go through the process of rearranging the living room furniture.

Family Interior Design Challenge:

    • Get paper and pencils to sketch out their designs.
    • Before making any decisions on how to rearrange the furniture in the living room, let your children interview you, and encourage them to have back and forth conversations about the process. If your children struggle to come up with questions on their own, try feeding them some example questions and then answer them.
    • When the interview is over, it’s time to draw out the blueprints using the interview answers as a base. Have each member of the family come up with a design and then prototype furniture (out of cardboard) so they can practice rearranging on the blueprint.
    • When you decide which prototype would be best for your family, work together to rearrange your living room!


Here are some good questions to ask afterward as you debrief the adventure-tivity:

  • Why is it important to define or reframe problems before creating solutions?
  • How can we use this in everyday problem-solving?


Student Design Challenge

How can I …make the strongest, longest bridge from stuff in my house? We want you to incorporate a design thinking mindset to create a bridge out of marshmallows, tape, and raw spaghetti noodles that would allow toy matchbox cars to travel over (or any other miniature cars that you have at home). 

    • Empathize: Ask others ideas, consider what needs to be done (think about clean-up too).
    • Define the problem: What resources do you have?
    • Ideation: 1.) Come up with lots of ideas 2.) Add to, combine, and eliminate ideas 3.) Narrow and select one idea.
    • Prototype: Draw or make a mini example of your design.
    • Test: Test your idea (make adjustments and learn from your attempts!)


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