by J E S S I C A L I N
Between August 31st to September 3rd, while most students were in Camp PAS, eleven selected students travelled to Junyi Experimental High School. Their mission was to educate students on the Design Thinking process and the importance of empathetic thinking.
Apparently domestic flights are considered really dangerous and I really didn’t want to take any risks.” However, the plane flight turned out to be a soothing experience where students got plenty of time “to rest and imagine what would the Junyi students be like” (Lillian). When the eleven students first arrived, Lillian described that “it was quite awkward.” However, after the ice-breaking activities commenced and the group got to know each other better, Lillian discovered that the Junyi students were actually “really supportive of the program.” Together, PAS and Junyi students worked on fun activities and learned the true spirit of any design thinking project: empathy. One exciting activity was the Marshmallow challenge where Junyi students competed against each other to build the largest freestanding structure using only uncooked pasta, some tape, rope, and a marshmallow. Contradicting their original expectations, PAS students found the three days as a pleasant surprise. Furthermore, Christina Chang (11) remarked, “it’s a memorable experience that I will never forget.” In the end, the PAS students not only accomplished their initial task of teaching, but met new people and forged precious friendships.