Middle School students participated in a recent problem-solving design challenge and student symposium at the Chicago History Museum, creating prototype designs to confront global issues facing their generation.

After learning about design thinking as part of their Global Issues Club, eighth-graders Olivia Fitch, Justin Harris, Rianna Kingra, Saanvi Malkani, Michaela Olimene, Ori Ortiz, and Mauricio Pellon; seventh-grader Samara Harris; and sixth-grader Chris Tompkins earned a spot in the citywide symposium with prototypes focused on ocean pollution and school design for the 21st century.

Inspired by the museum’s exhibition “Modern by Design: Chicago Streamlines America,” the design thinking challenge encouraged students to consider how design can improve daily life, to identify a challenge, and then to design a product or solution.

During the symposium on March 6, 2019, students shared their designs, were inspired by one another, met professional designers, and had their work critiqued and recognized.