This week the Agency by Design research team has been busy leading workshop sessions, presenting our work, and engaging with wonderful educators from all around the world at the Project Zero Classroom Summer Institute. We were particularly excited to work with participants who attended our mini-course: “Developing a Sensitivity to Design: How Making, DIY, and Design Experiences Can Activate Student Agency.”
During this session, we engaged participants in a series of hands-on activities that started with an exploration of the maker movement, design thinking, and other frameworks within which the Agency by Design project is situated. We then had participants look carefully at the design of objects before having them situate those objects within systems. After considering the multiple users who engage with their systems, participants jumped into a system redesign activity. In the end, participants considered the potential for cultivating the agency—and design sensitivities—of young people.
Facilitating these sessions helped expand our thinking on our core project themes, especially the relationship between agency and design. We learned a lot from working with so many enthusiastic educators. Below is a sampling of images of their work.