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What is it? Student design teams will be given a client and their role is to design a bag that will meet the specific needs of that client, such as a new bag for soccer or to carry school supplies, etc. Teams will create client surveys to understand their client’s needs. They will engage in the Design Thinking process to plan, prototype and create their bag out of repurposed materials. Students will explore the concept of meeting specific needs with natural resources by learning from California Native People (Social Studies connection). During the client pitch, teams will explain their thinking in design and material choices, as well as how they used feedback from the client, and our experts, equipment designers from The North Face. Once students have pitched to their clients, the entire grade will hold a sales meeting where they will present their products to parents and community members in hopes of auctioning off their completed bags.

Why do we like it? This is a well-designed elementary language arts project with a completed Project Design Overview and Learning Guide from one of our National Faculty, Kevin Armstrong.

How can you use it? Use this for professional development and as a model for completing the Project Planner.