Understanding is the first step of the design thinking process. Children immerse themselves in understanding a problem and setting a goal.
Once they set their goal, children brainstorm solutions. They learn to suspend judgment at this stage -- no idea is too far-fetched and absolutely no ideas are rejected. They get silly, take risks, and think big in order to dream both the impossible and the possible.
Children create rough prototypes -- sketches, models, and cardboard creations -- to convey their ideas quickly.
Testing generates feedback -- what works and what doesn’t -- in order to make changes. They learn that failure leads to success.