Brainstorming a Variety of Solutions

In this module, students begin generating solutions to the design question they explored in Module 3. They look at several ideas from different perspectives, examining the assumptions and beliefs they bring to those ideas. Students organize their ideas around themes and pick one as the design solution that best fits their priorities. Then they make their design solution idea more tangible with a sketch, talking points, and quick model. Students refine and improve their solution idea by soliciting feedback from their peers.

What’s included in this module?

Teacher resources4 x lesson plans
4 x participation checklists
2 x teachers notes
Learner resources2 x posters
4 x worksheets
1 x article
Projects – experiments2 x activities
1 x project

Module key questions

  • Does our design question adequately account for the themes and patterns we discovered in Module 3?
  • What are some solutions to our chosen design question?
  • What assumptions do we bring to our solution ideas?
  • What themes do we notice from our solution ideas?
  • How can we refine possible solutions into specific action steps?
  • Which one, specific design solution most calls to us?
  • How can we use a sketch, talking points, and a quick model to explain our design solution?
  • How can we revise our idea based on new information and feedback?

Module alignments

Grade | AgesGrade 7-9 | 13-15 years
Term 3 (Gr. 7)
CAPS subjectEMS
Subject strandStarting a business
Sub-topicsEntrepreneurship | Social Innovation | Design

This Module includes:

  • Aligned content: This content is aligned with: Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS) and the Independent Examinations Board (IEB). A key aspect of these modules is their flexibility and customisation across curricula, such as Cambridge and Steiner/Waldorf Education.
  • A range of teaching strategies, skills and knowledge: The flow of the module has been structured using Project-Based Learning and Design Thinking frameworks. A variety of pedagogical approaches are present between and within each lesson. Learners are challenged theoretically and practically through project and problem-based inquiry of real-world issues.
  • Sustainable development goals: Each lesson is aligned with an appropriate United Nations Sustainable Development Goal(s).
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Module Includes

  • 4 Lessons