NEWS: 2017

Professor Shirrell Workshop with Franklin Institute’s STEM Scholars

STEMThis summer, Beth Shirrell, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Communication at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), along with Neha Agarwal (Senior Experience Designer at Think Company), were asked to run a design thinking and digital product development workshop for 14 high school sophomores enrolled in the Franklin Institute’s Stem Scholars Program. The program’s mission is to increase promising urban students' matriculation into college and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields by providing a STEM immersion portal to enhance STEM subject knowledge and problem-solving skills. For our workshop, we took students through a series of exercises to develop concepts and wireframes for a mobile app that enabled high schoolers to make healthier diet and activity choices. Students gained an understanding of process as it relates to design, the importance of the user when problem solving and considerations when designing an interface. It was a privilege to be able to introduce the STEM Scholars to the opportunities within the design profession and a lot of fun!

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