Four Stanford University Design students will be in Winston-Salem on August 12-14 to give FREE WORKSHOPS on Design Thinking and Leadership for middle school girls. Their goal is to make a difference in the lives of young girls by teaching them the tools and skills of design thinking.
The workshop, hosted at CDI on August 12 from 2-4pm, is designed to give girls the tools, inspiration, and creative confidence to discover their purpose, enact social change in their communities, and envision their own dreams for someday changing the world.
What will happen during this workshop?
1) Design Thinking Challenge – Girls explore innovative ideas to improve their school or hometown that can be implemented in real life
2) Find Your Drive – Spark conversations about each girl’s passions, skills and causes they care about, and explore how to bring all three together. At the end each girl will declare her mission statement and describe how she can follow that dream today.
Materials: Each girl will receive a flipbook to guide them through the process with team games and activities, skits, prototyping, storytelling, and a relay race for brainstorming ideas.
George Eckart is an Engineer and STEM advocate. Before landing his current position with the NC DOT as a traffic engineer, he spent more than a decade in Winston-Salem, Forsyth and Guilford counties helping students learn. From the start of his public teaching career, his focus has been on science and technology infused with computer animation, scientific visualization, and game art. George’s resume reads like a tapestry winding the thread of career between the wefts of engineering, design, and public teaching. From this unique vantage point, he captures the value of exposing and nudging students toward the CDI
Atkins High School senior Hunter Chen finished up his fall internship at CDI this month. Reflecting on his experience this semester and throughout the past several years, Chen looks excitedly and confidently toward his future goals. The following interview captures the essence of CDI’s role in cultivating future innovators.
CDI: How did you first hear about CDI?
H: During my freshman year at Atkins High School, my technology teacher, Mr. (George) Eckart, told me about an upcoming CDI Idea Exchange and encouraged me to go. I didn’t know what that was, but decided to check it out with another student.