BRUTE Design Thinking for Kids
BRUTE Design Thinking for Kids was a finalist for the 2013 Design Ignites Change | AIGA Professional Fellowship
Location: East Palo Alto, California
About the project
Although the public education system in the United States guarantees a free education at all levels, the cost of both public and private education has risen and a quality transformative education is practically non-existent in poverty-stricken areas.
BRUTE Design Thinking for Kids is a social enterprise inspired by the vision that all children should receive a quality education regardless of socio-economic, gender and geographic barriers. This innovative program aims to give students in grades four to eight, from low income neighborhoods in the San Francisco Bay Area greater access to self-directed activities, hands-on learning and collaborative play. BRUTE Design Thinking for Kids addresses just some of the gaps in education reform; the program seeks to help students think creatively and acheive at high levels through product design, idea generation, architecture and visual arts.
While a number of schools train students for test taking and exams, BRUTE’s program differentiates itself by focusing on design thinking and sustainability. The Design Thinking for Kids team will work with teachers, administrations, parents and students from grades four to eight.