Michael DiTullo, an Industrial Designer, Founder and Chief Creative of Michael DiTullo LLC has inspired students at both Del Mar Hills and Del Mar Heights by sharing with them his love of creating, designing, and impacting the world. Recently, Michael's outreach was featured in an article by the Industrial Designers Society of America.
When I emailed Michael to thank him for connecting with our students, he explained:
A lot of parents want their children to be doctors and lawyers, and maybe even engineers and software developers, but there just isn't a lot of awareness about design. The problems we are facing today are going to be solved through creative problem solving, empathy, and getting people aligned to a vision, and design is all about that. The more kids we can get aware of the profession and processes the better. The first people to call themselves "Industrial Designers" were probably Raymond Loewy, Walter Teauge, Elliot Noyes, Charles and Ray Eames. They all started practicing design before WWII, so this profession has been around a long time and is connected to every single thing we use.
We are so grateful for donating both his time and his expertise to our students, and congratulate him on this recognition.
"Our two most precious commodities are our children and water."
Ronald Fay, Retired Hydrologist and Industry Expert honoree
Last night, our school board recognized the contributions of the industry experts who have given their time and expertise to inspire our students to change the world. Each of the individuals honored has made a tangible difference in the educational experience of our students. We often talk about making school relevant, engaging, and meaningful, but when you're studying the human body and two medical students from UCSD are providing you with information and then giving feedback on your human body system adaptation prototype, relevant is the name of the game. When students are using design thinking to develop a better student chair and an industrial designer talks with the class about his own designs, and the importance of being human-centered, engagement is at an all-time high. And when 3rd graders studying the local lagoon to solve environmental problems it faces have an opportunity to participate in hands-on learning with a USGS Hydrologist to determine salinity levels, they are able to make meaningful connections to the science they study and the local problems in their community.
18 industry experts were honored last night. 18 individuals who see that the future success of our community, our country, resides in the students we teach today. 18 experts who listened to the ideas of children, and honored those ideas, and inspired them to keep ideating. 18 experts who showed students that their voices are heard, and their ideas are meaningful, and their learning is important. To each of them, and all the others that will be joining this list, I thank you.
To learn about all the experts honored, please read the attached presentation.
When 6th grade Del Mar Hills teachers Chelsea Moore and Colleen Pratt decided to combine two science standards - human body systems and climate change - they probably had no idea just how much students would embrace the challenge to redesign a human body system to combat the effects of climate change!
Thanks to the Del Mar Times for writing an article about this amazing Design Thinking unit!
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