by Y U N J E O N G P A E K
After the successful trip to Junyi Experimental High School a month ago, our school’s year-long journey of Design Thinking has started again.
This year, Design Thinking have included some major changes. First, the maximum size of a team has reduced from three to two. Second, all topics have been categorized into seven big ideas. The topics to choose from are: Design & Architecture, Pacific American School, Photography & Filmmaking, Shared economy, Technology, Well-being, and Self-proposed projects. Lastly, the established theme of this year’s Design Thinking is Expo 2020.
How have PAS students responded to these new changes?
PAS students have been divided upon the new changes. An anonymous student spoke honestly and discussed how the new policy affected groups who teamed up into groups of three prior to the announcement. Due to the new policy, one member had to leave and join another group. The student continued by stating that “I believe that more people per group can gather more ideas and information and thus make the projects better.”
On the other hand, many students have also defended this new policy. Doris Huang (11) said, “I can understand this policy due to the people who were lack of participation last year. I feel the policy overall is doable since the school emphasizes more on the process of design thinking which needs to think more than materializing the project.”
Regarding the change in categories, students have spoke out positively on how categorized topics can inspire students to hone in and focus on one topic. Lillian Shern (10) said, “I think there are various topics that students can pick from is good. At least students with no idea can be inspired.” Despite all these changes, most students are well-settled now and are putting their best efforts into the project.