Design Learning Challenges

Attendees: Grades 2-12
Time: 120 Minutes

Attendees work with real designers to find solutions for sustainability in this free two-hour interactive design workshop. Explore how a professional designer approaches problems, designs solutions, and find out what a career in design might look like. It’s time to unlock your creative potential—the world needs your ideas!

This workshop was developed by designExplorr, an organization devoted to helping youth find their way to creative careers. Jacinda Walker, facilitator, and founder of designExplorr, will help you design and create something from your own imagination while working with professional designers.

Don’t miss this chance to create solutions the way real designers do!

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Quick Facts

  • Our signature program
  • All our programs implements Design Learning Challenges


  • Students use critical thinking to solve design challenges
  • Allows for artistic exploration

Past Challenges

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Commissioned by the Youth Ministry of Zion Pentecostal Church of Christ:

This Challenge ask the youth members of Zion Pentecostal Church of Christ to think critically about church and create solutions that focus on connections, finances and resources for the next generation of its’ members.

Developed in collaboration with San Francisco Design Week and the Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco:

This Challenge ask the youth of the Boys & Girls Club to think critically about physical and emotional safety.

Developed in collaboration with the AIGA Minneapolis Chapter:

This Challenge ask the fifth grade classes at Whittier Elementary and the students at Dunwoody College to think critically about sustainability.

Hosted in Fall 2016 at Las Vegas’ Walter Bracken STEAM Academy | Developed with Playbuild:

Professional designers worked alongside 87 fourth graders to address financial literacy. Students workshopped and used design thinking, to reach a variety of solutions: from “Moneyland” and redesigning cash flows, to addressing what transactions feel like to the impaired and rethinking financial service access.