Human-Centered Design (also known as Design Thinking) is an approach to problem solving that puts real people at
the center of the design process. There are five phases in the design process, as seen here.
EMPATHIZE: Walk in your client's shoes.
DEFINE: State your client's needs and problems.
IDEATE: Dream up solutions to your client's challenges.
PROTOTYPE: Make a model of your solution to show.
TEST: Try your solution out with others and get feedback.
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Virtual trainer-led class. Register for fun and interactive training to enhance your professional skills with the 60-min Human-Centered Design training offered by BUILD.org. Apply this professional development toward your required educator certification.
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“BUILD gave me the chance to experience
hands-on and see things in a different view which has made me a confident person.
Next time when I face a really difficult situation, the first thing I’ll do is not give up and look for solutions that i can use to solve the problem”
“I love BUILD’s Design Challenge because it gives students an opportunity to let our voices be heard, which can inspire other young people like me to take action in their community.
I believe I am the next generation of entrepreneurs.”
Our frequently asked questions
The BUILD.org Design Challenge empowers students to take action as they work to develop innovative solutions for their communities. Students are guided through the entire Design Thinking process on our new digital platform. The Challenge is delivered by a trained educator. BUILD provides all training and materials for students and schools.
The content was created to empower students nationwide and give them a sense of self-agency. They explore stories of diverse people living in our communities then work collaboratively in teams to propose innovative solutions.
The design thinking journey takes students through the following process:
The BUILD.org Design Challenge can be delivered in as little as 10 hours or be used as a launch pad for additional lessons and curricula that can span an entire semester.
Educator training commitment is a minimum of 60-minutes.
Today, tomorrow or whenever you are ready! The course is online and therefore you can start on a rolling basis. Teachers or facilitators are invited to complete a 60-minute training. This training will help you understand the flow, best practices, and how to ensure students feel safe, excited, and ready to dive into the challenge.
Enhance your teaching toolkit and qualify for an exciting DonorsChoose incentive by registering for the Design Challenge Professional Development Training, where you’ll learn Design Thinking skills through engaging project-based learning!
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