Students will be introduced to the ideas of empathy and universal design using a pair of scissors as a case study.
Being able to understand and share another person’s feelings.
Show students scissors
Distribute a 2’x1’ sheet of cardboard and cutting tools to each group. Give each group a few brass brads as well.
Using Strawbees, students will design a cutting tool that is designed for a different group of people than typical scissors. They will present their device to the class/another team with emphasis on the way their redesign addresses issues of empathy.
Using cardboard and brass brads, students will prototype their own cutting device that is usable by one of the groups they identified earlier in the activity as someone who might struggle to use scissors.
They will present their cutting device to the class/another team with specific emphasis on the way that their redesign addresses issues surrounding empathy. See presentation for guidance.
Students explain how their design allows more/a different group of people to cut things.
If applicable, students should involve future iterations of their design. They should find a way to combat one of the shortcomings of their designs. How can they reduce cost? How can their design accommodate everyone? Students should generate multiple prototypes and evaluate which has a wider appeal.