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Improve Your Problem Solving Techniques

This activity provides you with an introduction to 'Design thinking' as an innovative and creative approach to problem solving. It is applicable to all subject areas and year groups.


Outline of Activity

This activity will focuse on empathy and using a range of specific tools and strategies to solve problems, participants will tackle a real world problem and learn how to create solutions using a design thinking approach.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will learn:

  • How to effectively frame a problem
  • How to create persona's to improve empathy
  • How to create lots of solutions to one problem
  • How to refine the best solution so that it is feasible and actionable.

Assessment Details

In groups participants will:

  • Over the course of a full one day workshop, learners will be required to participate in groups to solve a specific problem. At the end of the day learners will pitch their final idea to the assessors. Completion of this activity requires a positive, proactive contribution and a final solution that demonstrates sufficient learning from the day's activities.
  • A reflective individual journal (word count 1000) is to be submitted to the assessor/coordinator one week after the workshop. This should demonstrate the various problem solving technique(s) applied, the benefits and any pitfalls of the strategies that you adopted.

Level of Commitment

20 hours:
Pre-research of the various problem solving techniques/ strategies available
One day participation
Group pitch
Written Journal

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