In March, Stanford's Rich Crandall, Adam Royalty and Coe Barry from the d.school came to SA to give a mini workshop on design thinking to members of our faculty and staff. We first did an exercise on car maintenance and how to improve it.
You can try this and other exercises out in your class.
https://dschool.stanford.edu/groups/k12/ This is the wiki for more information.
A few days later, Hillary did the same exercise with her class in preparation for rethinking Sonoma Academy's library space.
As a result of our contact with Stanford, SA math instructor, Cindy Duim, will take a more extensive design thinking workshop with other educators this summer (2010)!