Introduce your students to the power and potential of a career in design.

The Design= Curriculum Kit helps you bring design to your student group through interactive lessons. Designed for educators of all kinds—no design experience required!

One kit, infinite learning opportunities.

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“The kids were engaged the
entire time and you could tell they were enjoying themselves.”

Seamus | Cleveland Metro Schools

“It captivated the students! They were using many soft skills from creativity, problem solving, collaboration, and reflective thinking.”

Kenyatta | Grand Rapids Public Schools

“Not only was the content high quality but it was scaffolded. As a result, students  were challenged to think more critically.”

Cherise | Cleveland Botanical Garden’s Green Corps

“The students were really engaged and excited, they didn’t want it to end!”

Morgyn | Sunrise of Philadelphia

“It was fun, creative, high-energy, and insightful. The kids really enjoyed it.”

Erica | Art House Cleveland

“When talking with students the feedback was very positive—with questions such as can we do it again?”

Kristal | Intergenerational School

“Full of energy, hands on activities, sharing out, and videos.”

Cherilyn | Harper Woods High School

“It was perfect for the kids that I serve. This was an awesome and terrific workshop.”

LeShone | 21st Century Community Learning Centers

Introduce your students to the power and potential of a career in design.

The Design= Curriculum Kit helps you bring design to your student group through interactive lessons. Plan your program today.

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WHY TEACH DESIGN?

Build the critical skills your students need for the 21st century.

Design skills like creativity, innovation, complex problem-solving, and critical thinking are top skills for the future according to the World Economic Forum. Take your students on a creative problem solving journey to help them build those skills and explore creative careers that will help them learn to create the things around them.

Problem Identification

Critical Thinking

Benchmarking

Sketching

Careers

Interviewing

Ideation

Reflection

Reflection

Analysis

Portfolios

Prototyping

Research

Testing

Question Identifcation

Storyboarding

Professional Skills

Presentation Skills

Idea Refinement

Inspiration Searching

Feedback

Synthesis

Creativity

Design Process

Group Discussion

Exploration

STEM Programs
Arts Programs
College Preparation
Tech Education
Life Skills
English/Language Arts
After School Tech
Mentor Programs
Youth Enrichment Programs
Career Camps
Classroom
Community Workshops
School Clubs
Summer Programs

Teach design alongside what you DO today.

No Design Experience Required

Whether you teach 10th grade English, run an after school STEM program, or help students explore careers over the summer, the Design= Curriculum Kit can help your students build relevant skills and explore creative career paths.

Mentor Programs
Youth Enrichment Programs
Career Camps
Classroom
Community Workshops
School Clubs
Summer Programs
STEM Programs
Arts Programs
College Preparation
Tech Education
Life Skills
English/Language Arts
After School Tech
INSIDE THE KIT

Everything you need to help your students explore design.

Lesson Plans

Step-by-step guidance to help you deliver the lessons, including facilitation instructions and tips.

Slides

Google Slide decks that include visual instructions that make it easier for you to get started with the lesson.

Videos

Curated videos of professional designers speaking about their careers, pathways to design, and advice for students.

Worksheets

Editable, printable activities designed to help engage your students and guide their work.

“The kids were engaged the entire time and you could tell they were enjoying themselves.”

Seamus | Cleveland Metro Schools

“The students were really engaged and excited, they didn’t want it to end!”

Morgyn | Sunrise of Philadelphia

“Full of energy, hands on activities, sharing out, and videos.”

Cherilyn | Harper Woods High School

“It captivated the students! They were using many soft skills from creativity, problem solving, collaboration, and reflective thinking.”

Kenyatta | Grand Rapids Public Schools

“It was fun, creative, high-energy, and insightful. The kids really enjoyed it.”

Erica | Art House Cleveland

“It was perfect for the kids that I serve. This was an awesome and terrific workshop.”

LeShone | 21st Century Community Learning Centers

“Not only was the content high quality but it was scaffolded. As a result, students  were challenged to think more critically.”

Cherise | Cleveland Botanical Garden’s Green Corps

“When talking with students the feedback was very positive—with questions such as can we do it again?”

Kristal | Intergenerational School

ABOUT THE LESSONS

Take your students on a journey that starts with a challenge and ends with creative confidence.

During the 9-lesson program, students take on a design challenge and learn skills like brainstorming, creative problem solving, prototyping, interviewing, and more. The lessons scaffold their learning to help them explore the ways designers work in an approachable way.

Are you curious to learn more about the program? Do you have questions about how to tailor the program to your group of students?

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Lesson 1

Get to Know Your Design Mentor

In this lesson, students meet the mentor they will work with during the program during a live Q&A.

Interview Skills

Careers

Group Discussion

Note: This lesson is optional and may be skipped if you do not have a Design Mentor joining your group.

Lesson 2

What is Design?

In this lesson, students explore the many design disciplines and begin work on their challenge by selecting the audience they plan to work with. They will also start to build essential skills that will help them communicate their ideas.

Problem Identification

Ideation

Sketching

Lesson 3

Get Informed and Inspired

In this lesson students research their challenge to uncover existing solutions and better understand the needs of the people they are designing for. Students will conduct interviews and look at secondary sources to learn more and find inspiration for their ideas.

Interviewing

Research

Benchmarking

Inspiration Searching

Lesson 4

Create Ideas and Solutions

In this lesson, students brainstorm ideas to solve their challenge and clarify how those ideas might work using a storyboard. Students will also provide feedback to their peers in order to improve and refine their ideas.

Ideation

Feedback

Storyboarding

Lesson 5

Build a Prototype

In this lesson, students will build a prototype that helps them to share and test their idea with others. Students will also create a testing plan and think about the questions they want to answer with their prototype.

Prototyping

Interview Planning

Testing

Lesson 6

Test It Out to Learn

In this lesson, students test their prototypes with peers to learn more about their solution. They will discuss what they learned through a formal debrief process in order to identify the improvements they want to make to their prototype.

Interviewing

Critical Thinking

Analysis

Synthesis

Lesson 7

Iterate, Iterate, Iterate!

In this lesson, students will spend time revising, updating, and improving their ideas. They will reflect on what they have learned so far during the design process in order to inform the changes they make to their solution.

Idea Refinement

Design Process

Reflection

Lesson 8

Show Off Your Work

In this lesson, students will discuss careers and creative professions as they create a portfolio case study that they can use to share their work with others.

Careers

Professional Skills

Portfolios

Lesson 9

Celebration!

In this lesson, students will present their solutions and celebrate each other's hard work during the program. In addition, they will reflect on their experience and discuss what possibilities exist to continue to explore design.

Reflection

Presentation Skills

Celebration

Note: This lesson is optional but highly encouraged!

Sneak Peek!

Preview the Fall 2023 Challenges

UX/UI Design

Design an app that helps students learn and study.

Service Design

Design a new healthy food experience for your school.

Industrial Design

Design a toy or game to help children build friendships.

Interior Design/Architecture

Redesign a space in your school improve mental health.

Fashion Design

Design shoes your favorite superhero can use for work.

Visual Design

Design a campaign for your school to alleviate intolerance.

Supercharge your teaching with robust support for educators.

Join an engaged community of educators.

We’re excited to introduce you to the other educators and program leaders working with youth. Our online community is a space for tactical support, community building, and joy.

Match your group with a design mentor.

If you’d like one, we’ll do our best to find a professional designer who can join your group for some or all of your program and bring their expertise to your students.

Get training that helps you feel like an expert.

In less than 60 minutes of video content full of tips and lesson walkthroughs, we’ll share everything you need to know to facilitate lessons with confidence.

Use materials designed with educators like you.

We’ve worked with educators through the curriculum development process to make sure materials, lesson plans, and activities work both for students and the educators like you that lead them.

Meet the coalition powering the Design= curriculum kit.

Diversify by Design (D×D) is working to build a diverse and inclusive design profession, which requires support along a designer's journey—including at the very beginning. We know a critical inroad can be made by introducing historically excluded youth to design.

DESIGN MENTORS

Design Mentors ENRICH THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE.

We work to match professional designers with student groups around the country to join in person or virtually (based on what works best for your group!).

Are you a professional designer? Become a Mentor

“I was fortunate as a Latinx youth to be exposed to design when I was 14 years old. This education allowed me to see myself in a career that I didn’t think was possible. It’s very important to me to pay this forward and spark that curiosity in Black, Latinx, and Indigenous youth. Seeing the students come alive while exploring design thinking methodologies was very rewarding, and I look forward to participating in future DxD sessions.”

Chantel P., Designer at Amazon

“I really enjoyed this experience, and it was simply the fact that I’ve been able to be a part of these kids’ design journey, even if my individual contribution was so small or indirect. But after I’ve seen what other designers like me are doing to contribute, I can see that my participation is part of a larger whole that has a huge impact, which feels awesome to be a part of.”

Alex M., Designer at Amazon

← JOIN JESSIE AS A MENTOR

Become a Design Mentor and help students on their design journey.

We help match professional designers to educators and their student groups around the country. Become a mentor in your own community or join a classroom remotely.

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