Roald Dahl Through Design Thinking
Build, Test and Redesign
“Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking; learning naturally results.” John Dewey
Once the students had settled on a design, it was time to build, test and redesign. While building their devices, different situations arose as some of the designs that seemed to work in theory, when put into practice didn’t come out as expected. It was not until the students started physically creating that they encountered certain flaws in their thinking. At this point repeating the process to test, improve and design was crucial: iterations. This meant going back on their prototypes and modifying them based on feedback and experience. They had to try really hard until they were able to get their devices to work!
Share solutions and learning journeys
Once students had finished building and testing out their devices they went back on their learning path and reflected on their experience. They created a presentation that showed the different steps they had followed throughout the design process and their final reflection.
Finally, they shared their product and communicated their process to the other Year 4 students.