As a follow-up to a 2nd-grade field trip to the National Postal Museum, the museum’s School Programs Coordinator, Jessie Aucoin, came to Browne’s campus to lead several design-thinking sessions for our 1st-4th graders. After learning about problem solving within the postal system, students had a chance to practice their own skills by solving the following problem:
How do I safely ship a single potato chip without its breaking?
Working in teams, students designed and built packaging that would keep the potato chip whole during shipping. After creating their packaging, each team simulated shipping by tossing their container. To wrap up the project, Ms. Aucoin and the students unveiled the results and presented their strategies and decision-making process with the rest of their class. We are delighted to report that some chips survived the shipping; others were not as lucky. However, all the participants enjoyed applying design thinking to a real-life situation.