Shoenami. Kids Mist. Alarm It. The first Episcopal NuVuX Design Studio projects are complete. The process required weeks of brainstorming, designing, creating prototypes, testing and for some, re-evaluating the plan altogether. Students unveiled their creations this week in a studio showcase before teachers, staff and visitors.
A NuVu assignment seems to be as much about the journey as it is about the end product. This was clear as students discussed how they got from their initial idea to their final iteration. The process required research, discussions with experts, planning, multiple iterations and many revisions. The experience, which helped students boost their problem solving skills and resilience, and sharpened their strategic thinking abilities, was considerably more than just creating a solution for a challenge. For example, one student was able to discuss the median nerve of the hand as a result of research into how to fish properly to prevent injury. Another team met with a New Balance representative and studied foot motion and pressure points to help in the design of a minimalist running shoe. When planning an alarm that would alert sports enthusiasts that they are becoming overheated, a team had to learn more about the threshold for actually being overheated.
The full experience of the NuVuX process provides hands-on, innovative learning opportunities on a range of topics. The knowledge gained in the pursuit of the final iteration will hopefully remain with the students long after the showcase is complete. What an amazing opportunity for high school students!
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