9th grade Academy of Construction and Design students at Innovation Central High School and 4th graders from Coit Creative Arts Academy will be introduced to hands-on Human Centered Design methods during workshops facilitated by local designers from Atomic Object, Designvox, GRAM, Mighty, MKN Design, Mutually Human, Progressive AE, ThinkXD, The Understanding Group, Varsity News Network, Visualhero and others. Each designer will bring a perspective from different design disciplines but share a foundation in Human Centered Design. The workshop theme will reference the current OpenIDEO challenge – How might we establish better recycling habits at home?
GRPS endeavors like Innovation Central HS and a new Museum school (launching in 2015) are perfect examples to highlight during Design Week this May 5-10th. The Museum school is a collaboration with Grand Rapids Public Museum, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Valley State University and the City of Grand Rapids with a curriculum fueled by design thinking process and mindsets. The Museum School and Innovation Central HS were recently included in the new Downtown Master Planning process by Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc. (DGRI).