Challenge 2013 Overview

In partnership with the Industrial Designers Society of America and National Art Education Association during the 2012-2013 school year, the Design Learning Network challenged K-12 educators and their students to explore a world of infinite creative ideas as they tackled a problem worth solving within their classroom, school, neighborhood, or community – the goal, to create innovative outcomes that have positive impact within one of the following themes:
  • Existing Classroom Curriculum Transformed into a Challenge
  • School Climate Issue of Significance to Students
  • Neighborhood Improvement Project with Potential for Impact
  • Community Awareness Project of High Interest by Students

The IDSA Design Learning Challenge 2013 offered K-12 educators and students the opportunity to participate within their classroom, school club, or afterschool program. The integrated study engaged students in a highly interactive and collaborative learning process grounded in creativity, problem solving, and innovative thinking. Challenge 2013 provided productive opportunities to integrate:
  • 21st Century Skills - Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration
  • Project-Based Learning using a Human-Centered Approach
  • Common Core Standards aligned with Curriculum Framework
With an option to team up with college art and design students and/or design practitioners, participants embraced design pedagogy” (methods used by designers to as their fundamental approach to teaching and learning. Students were challenged to use critical and creative inquiry to investigate and report on a topic of their choice. Learners explored creative ways to “see with their eyes” as well as “see with their minds” as they tapped into their sense of curiosity. The objective was for students to learn how to make good decisions with the intent to produce innovative outcomes by way of one of the following forms of design:
  • Product Design – design as an physical object
  • Communications Design – design in paper or electronic form
  • Service Design – design within a system of service delivery
  • User Experience Design – design as a set of user interactions