Design Thinking at Benchmark

What Is Design Thinking? 

Design thinking is a problem-solving tool, a system to help students manage their thinking as they navigate through real-world, human-centered problems. The design thinking process is similar to the design and engineering process, however, it focuses on the needs of the user. At its root is empathy. Students observe, interview, research, and inquire about the needs of others, looking beyond themselves while developing the mindsets and creative tools to become global citizens. 

The design process is inherently interdisciplinary, drawing on multiple subject areas at once as student research, experiment and prototype, evaluate information, practice empathy, examine human behaviors and needs, creatively make and design solutions, and so much more. 

How do Students use design thinking? 

The best way to utilize design thinking is when students come across a sticky, human-related problem in their course of study. It can be a hurdle experienced by the main character in a novel, a challenge that a community is experiencing in their social studies unit, an ecological problem that students are unpacking in science class.

What is the significance of design thinking at Benchmark? 

Being a strategy and language-based school, Benchmark fully embraced design thinking to become an added hallmark to our program. Through a series of school-wide exercises, design sprints, and brainstorming sessions, we crafted, reflected, and ultimately voted on our very own design language.  See the model of Benchmark's own design language and process above.