Designing Our Tomorrow
Ken Reimer (University of Winnipeg), in collaboration with
Ian Hosking, Bill Nicholl, and Melanie Smith (University of Cambridge)
Designing Our Tomorrow (DOT) began as a research collaboration (started in 2009), between the Faculty of Education and the Engineering Design Centre at the University of Cambridge. DOT brings authentic design, technology & engineering practice into the classroom. Specifically, the aim is to equip students with the appropriate 'thinking tools' to solve problems in a complex world. Students learn what it means to be an “empathic engineer", and experience real world design tasks, informed via connection to industrial practice. Students generate novel and appropriate design solutions to complex problems, placing society at the heart of this process.  DOT has now been successfully implemented in 10 countries worldwide and continues to gain traction internationally. In this interactive symposium, the DOT team will highlight how DOT has been experienced around the globe, specifically within Canada, India, Romania and Ireland, using systematic data. They will discuss the commonalities in diverse contexts using 'Pupil Voice'. Participants will also have the opportunity to try the DOT toolkit and learn more about design principles and processes to be an effective problem solver.
University of Winnipeg:
Ken Reimer – Acting Associate Dean, Education
University of Cambridge:
Ian Hosking - Co-Founder & Engineering Lead
Bill Nicholl - Co- Founder & Education Lead (PGCE Lecturer, Design & Technology Education)
Melanie Smith - Operations Manager, Designing our Tomorrow