Design For All: Project Playground

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In this design challenge, learners will practice empathy and design thinking skills by creating a play space that is fun, both for themselves and other kids. Learners will practice user-centered design by considering the needs of a user persona and themselves while they create a concept sketch of a play space they can use together with their new "friend." Activity includes a design thinking framework that will walk learners through the playground design process step-by-step, a sample concept sketch, user persona cards of fictional people and their needs, and suggested activity extensions.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Type:

English, Spanish

Materials List (per student)


  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Research and Development
      • Invention and Innovation
      • Problem Solving
      • Troubleshooting and Maintenance

Informal Categories

  • Sports and Exercise
  • Toys


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