Grade 6, 7 and 8 Design Challenge

Ms Tracy Faucher, Academic Director and Ms Shantel Popp, Science Department Head
Anyone who happened to look into the theatre last Friday would have witnessed over 150 Grade 6, 7, and 8 students all focused on solving the same question, “How might we develop a sustainable and consistent wellness initiative at HTS?” The room was buzzing as ideas flew around as students collaborated with each other. Simply put, it was magic. You might be wondering how that many students could stay so focused on one question for an entire day? The answer - Design Thinking.

The students were lead by Ms Popp and Ms Faucher through a series of steps that promote creative thinking and rapid problem-solving. It is an interactive and collaborative process that has been proven to create a high level of engagement. This happens especially well when the process is paired with an issue that the students are connected to and has a place in their world.

The students spent the morning spread out, surrounded by neon “post-its” and folded paper, scribbling out their ideas. As a group, they then had to select or combine their ideas to move towards developing a final initiative. As a team, they then developed and refined this idea to eventually present it to a panel of judges.

The afternoon was dedicated to teams showcasing their ideas and celebrating the success of their peers as two groups were selected as finalists. These two finalists will be creating formal presentations for the Senior Leadership Team at HTS. The student body will then vote on which idea will be formally adopted by HTS. All in all, it was an incredible day filled with inspiring displays of agency and learning for our students. Stay tuned to see what happens next!