By: Holly Morey, Torrey Hills Teacher
This blog post is a follow up to the Design Thinking challenge that Torrey Hills students completed in December. Original Blog Post: Torrey Hills Students Get Real-Life Insight as They Design Tiny Houses
Of course, we wanted to share our Tiny Homes Design Thinking project with our community! We had no idea the opportunity to empower our students to be advocates for change in the world would be a result. We were able to bring students from exhibiting their work to making conclusions about how our community could benefit from their findings.
Back in April, we received an email from the Planning Department at the City of Del Mar. The Mayor, Dwight Worden, read the article from the Union Tribune about Torrey Hills Hawks 5th and 6th Graders participating in a Tiny Home Design Thinking Project. We were officially invited to present at the Del Mar City Council Meeting in May.
The students were filled with excitement to get to meet the Mayor! After submitting an application to their teachers stating why they were interested in presenting, four students were selected. 6th Grader Dylan wrote in his application, “I want to influence the decision makers of Del Mar to consider people’s housing needs to make this city better for everyone”.
Shaun McMahon informed us that the City of Del Mar is planning to build 22 houses by the year 2022. Tiny homes are among those being considered for the community. Our student experts could give insight from their research and share how tiny homes are a good fit for people with a variety of needs. Having the experience of hearing from a wide range of speakers on housing issues, such as elderly, disabled, homeless, and Veterans, gave these students perspective on who might benefit from having an affordable, manageable, sustainable Tiny Home.
Speeches were written, slideshow was ready, and the presentation began. 6th Grader Chinmayi recaps, “the central message of the students was to convince the Council that Tiny Homes are a flexible, sustainable housing option”. The City Council Members and the community were a gracious audience and the students presented their “why” behind the project beautifully. Giving students the opportunity to expand their lens on critical issues that surround urban planning and development, allowed them to experience “real world” problems that cities face and be a part of designing a solution.
By Tamara Radford, Library Media Spec, Del Mar Hills
In an effort to expose students to valuable financial and entrepreneurial skills, 5th grade students at Del Mar Hills Academy found themselves in the Shark Tank. First, students were tasked with researching various industries: education, financial, healthcare, etc. Once they selected the industry, students then prototyped a new or improved product and created a business around it. When the companies were in place and the products were completed, students developed presentations describing sales, customers, and potential profit. Students also learned about financial aspects like possible investment for equity and calculating their company’s valuation. Finally, students presented to the Shark Tank: made up of community business leaders. This project provided an opportunity for students to learn valuable financial and entrepreneurial skills, as well as develop abilities in the art of negotiation and persuasion.
Thanks to our Shark Tank panel:
SDCOE Board Vice President
Enterprise Account Manager, Lego Education
Director of Website Strategy, National University
Del Mar Mayor, Dwight Worden, invited Del Mar Hills fourth-grade students to present their erosion design thinking projects to the Del Mar City Council on Monday, May 7th. Five student groups confidently presented their ideas and prototypes to the City Council at their monthly May meeting. The remainder of the fourth grade projects were represented via an in-depth brochure that was presented to all Del Mar City Council members. This was an incredible opportunity for our students because it showed them their thinking and efforts are valued and have an impact in the larger community/world, outside of school.
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