The Power of Design Thinking

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      • Splat 3D (Design Nuts Pty Ltd)
        April 14, 2021 at 4:36 pm #18090
        The Networking Lounge | STEM Education

        The Power of Design Thinking

        Moderated by:
        Kylie Burrett & Glenn Lawerence
        Design Nuts and founders of Splat 3D

        • Splat 3D (Design Nuts Pty Ltd)
          April 19, 2021 at 10:13 am #18492

          Hi Everyone,

          Glenn and myself are really exciting about discussing, ‘The Power of Design Thinking’ with you. This is a safe forum to ask questions and share your own experience of ‘Design Thinking’ in education.

          We are passionate about helping educators teach Science & Technology, STEAM and Engineering Studies with ease and confidence.

          Understanding and exploring ‘The Power of Design Thinking’ in these syllabus context, and the real world, is helpful when starting your journey or developing your expertise.

          As part of the forum we are happy to also share resources and our top tips for teaching Design Thinking Skills.

          Looking forward to connecting and learning with you all.

          Kylie & Glenn

            April 19, 2021 at 2:30 pm #18512

            Greetings Kylie and Glenn,

            Design thinking is critical when considering the equipment, tools, places and spaces which we use.
            I touch on this in my workshop and the obligation we have in progressing, innovating and designing for the future.

            Ian Randall

            Kind regards,


              • Splat 3D (Design Nuts Pty Ltd)
                April 19, 2021 at 3:02 pm #18518

                Thanks Ian, We are looking forward to learning more about your design journey. It is wonderful to have teachers actively designing and sharing their innovation process with others.

                Do you find that students are more responsive to your ‘real world’ experience?

                Thanks for posting.

                Kylie & Glenn

                    April 19, 2021 at 3:14 pm #18523

                    Thanks Kylie and Glenn, Absolutely!
                    It’s like … “what, you can actually change stuff!?
                    Too often we put up with historical legacy and forget that much of the world we inhabit has actually been made by us. If we’ve created it, we can change it.
                    However, my experience of bringing a very simple innovation has shown just how hostile we are towards change.
                    So, I share with my students that they will face resistance.

                    … I dream of the day when we can foster innovation and champion innovators.


                      • Splat 3D (Design Nuts Pty Ltd)
                        April 19, 2021 at 3:44 pm #18527

                        Very true Ian. To see innovative change we often need to change behaviours. This might be within a social group, family situation or a work related context, ect.

                        Hopefully the more we delight our users with our innovative designs the more traction we’ll gain on making impactful changes.

                        Ta, Kylie

                  • Rosa Doran
                    April 19, 2021 at 5:39 pm #18533

                    Wow. This is a great forum. Can you guys share links to your work. We started using design thinking for education a couple of years ago. But now it is very integrated in all we do. I would love t9 learn from you guys. We are actually training right now 200 teachers on using it in various fields. In particular for STEAM subjects.

                      • Splat 3D (Design Nuts Pty Ltd)
                        April 19, 2021 at 6:11 pm #18542

                        Hi Rosa,

                        I love that you are working with teachers around STEAM and integration. I am hosting two forums here (STEM vs STEAM and The Power of Design Thinking). My husband and I are also part of COSPAR-K. Creating and hosting – with industry- the design projects for both Plants vs Mars and Rocket Rescue.

                        It would be great to connect. Our website is or Scott has all our details.

                        I look forward to learning more from you.

                        Ta, Kylie

                          • Rosa Doran
                            April 19, 2021 at 6:17 pm #18547

                            We certainly need to chat one of these days.. your work seems very nice 🙂

                          April 19, 2021 at 5:50 pm #18537


                          If you are wanting to go right back to the beginning … I have a blog charting my design development.


                          • Rosa Doran
                            April 19, 2021 at 6:16 pm #18545

                            We have been trying to support educators and families with design thinking activities. Can I ask your opinion on these?:
                            My moon diary (it has a tab in English).
                            My constellation (it also has a tab in English)
                            We are also applying design thinking to create a global science opera about restoration of the ecosystems, so it will be great to learn from your work :-).

                              • Splat 3D (Design Nuts Pty Ltd)
                                April 19, 2021 at 6:46 pm #18550

                                Thanks Rosa. I find your work so interesting. I would love to have a look at these links and discuss. I have also sent you a post about the “Paint the Sky’ project from COSPAR-K.

                                It will be great to talk more:)

                                Ta, Kylie

                                April 19, 2021 at 6:18 pm #18548

                                Design thinking is a great way to connect students with real world problems and a way of creatively navigating problem solving. We engaged our Year 1 students in the process last year – with some scaffolding as they were quite young and new to the experience. Keen to get into it a bit more with our new year 1s this year.

                                Looking forward to learning more from this forum.


                                  • Splat 3D (Design Nuts Pty Ltd)
                                    April 19, 2021 at 6:50 pm #18551

                                    Hi Fi,

                                    I love Yr 1. Did you see the 90 Design Thinking ‘I can’ statements for primary teachers we released last year?

                                    I would be happy to send them to you. I also worked with some amazing Yr 1 teachers who ran Design Thinking projects through integrated units at an IB school. I’m sure they’d be happy to share.

                                    Do you have a theme this year or a specific outcome(s) you are trying to cover?

                                    Ta, Kylie

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