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Design For All: Imagining Inventions

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Design For All: Imagining Inventions

In this design challenge, learners will practice empathy and design thinking skills by creating an invention of the future. Learners will use the concept of user-centered design by learning about a fictional person, brainstorming solutions to a problem they face, and creating a concept sketch of their future thinking design idea. Activity includes a design thinking framework that will walk learners through the process step-by-step, sample "user cards" of fictional people and their needs, a sample concept sketch, two brainstorming outlines (Superhero and Future Thinking Mash-Up) and suggested activity extensions. A Spanish version of the activity is also available.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:

Age Range:
Ages 6 - adult

Resource Type:

English, Spanish

Materials List (per student)


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


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  • Free access


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  • Design For All


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