The Design Problem Bank Project
Welcome to the Global Design Problem Bank Initiative pilot. This page allows anyone to submit a problem that can be solved by design - either digital or through fabrication - with a focus on 3D printing.
This groundbreaking pilot program is a partnership between four schools from around the world. The goal is to provide opportunities for students to connect with peers around the world through the process of using Design Thinking, CAD modeling, and 3D printing to solve local problems. It is our hope that this pilot will lead to a scalable initiative that will allow participants to see real life applications of digital fabrication, gain experience in the use of Design Thinking to solve actual problems, and become more culturally competent through participation in global collaborations.
Following their participation in the Global Problem Bank Pilot Initiative, participating students will have:
- Led their school community through the process of problem finding and assessing
- Learned the basics of CAD modeling and 3D Printing through the real life application of these skills
- Had experience using the Design Process to create and improve solutions to authentic everyday problems in their community
- Created a repository of local problems solvable through 3D printing
- Collaborated and made connections with peers around the world in the finding, prototyping, and solving of their own and others’ problems