I have to admit that I found this article to be quite grating as a blatant free advertisement for frog design. They are a fantastic design firm but Fast Company is so enamored with them that they post an article that is an infomercial.

I guess it is a good thing that it was posted given that it is spurring me to write. Now that I have that off my chest I do have a few constructive things to say.

The article is about working with children to identify problems and have them use the design process to come up with workable solutions on their own. It is a terrific idea.

frog has an open source toolkit called CAT (collective action toolkit).

The toolkit encourages problem solving as a form of skill development, with group activities that draw on participants’ strengths and perspectives. The toolkit challenges groups to act on their ideas by defining and clarifying shared goals throughout the process.

You can read the story on fastcodesign.com. Want To Help Kids Solve Problems? Have Them Design Their Own Solutions – by David Sherwin

There are other organizations that encourage kids to learn in this manner. One in particular, I think is pretty awesome. The organization is called Destination Imagination(DI). People from 48 states and 30 countries participate in DI. There are 38,000 volunteers and 125,000 participants.

Destination Imagination is an organization for kids from kindergarten through college. Kids work in teams of 2-7 with others their same age. They focus on solving problems as a team using the creative process.  They work for several months without help or interference from adults and then compete within each state and at […]