Science-Based Innovation Studios

Science-Based Innovation Studios are created to be a vibrant workspace where the Center brings together local partners from community-based programs and student-led design teams. Participants will share a common interest in early childhood development to mobilize scientific knowledge, leverage “real-world” wisdom, and apply “design-led” problem-solving to move beyond traditional ways of thinking. Teams will identify unmet challenges faced by programs and work collaboratively toward innovative, science-informed solutions.

During the course of this year-long, non-credit workshop series, three design teams will work with coaches from the Center on the Developing Child to frame a design challenge relevant to the local partner, explore its root causes, generate an innovative solution, and test a prototype. Each Center-led design team will be comprised of one local partner and a team of 3 to 4 students who have been selected from a competitive pool of applicants. Using human-centered design methods, the studio workshops draw on the Center’s early childhood science framework as a source of creative insight and inspiration to design bold solutions aimed at breakthrough impacts for children facing adversity.

A total of six studio workshops will be hosted by the Center (October, November, January, February, March, April) ending with a learning expo in May where the design teams will present their solutions to a panel of design, innovation, and field leaders.

  • Meet partners and frame a design challenge
    October 25, 2016, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Explore root causes: Ethnography
    November 15, 2016, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Drive a bold new vision: Identify alternative perspectives
    January 21, 2017, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Brainstorming and science boosters: Generating multiple innovative solutions
    February 11, 2017, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Prototype and test
    March 7, 2017, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Harvest lessons learned: Redesign
    April 25, 2017, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Learning Expo
    May 23, 2017, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

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