The DLV for 2021 engaged two new clients, University of Sunshine Coast (USC) – Moreton Bay and Medline Australia. We had a flurry of students applying to be part of the program, who subsequently had the opportunity to show us their creative thinking and entrepreneurial skills during an on-site Spy Challenge facilitated by Directors of the Extraordinary. Honing their spy skills and having a blast, twenty (20) students were offered positions in the Design Led Venture (DLV) 2021 Program. They had the opportunity to choose their client and fully commit to the program, run for 2.5 hours a week during school time.
The DLV program enables our students to grow as innovative thinkers through developing innovative functional solutions that enhance how we live. The DLV is underpinned by a design led process which provides opportunities for learners to understand authentic needs and issues within a variety of contexts.
In 2021, students completed a 16-week journey which included workshops, challenges, interviewing stakeholders, excursions, guest speakers, design thinking, honing their creative dispositions and developing their entrepreneurial skills. The students learnt how to work well as a team, how to create and use Big Hairy Audacious Goals (BHAGs), conducting effective interviews, project planning, collaboration, and implementation planning.
The program culminated with each team presenting their journey and solution a the DLV Pitch night, this year held in the amazing USC Auditorium in front of 70+ clients, parents, students, and teachers. The nerves were high, as was the excitement to finally tell the world about the challenges and solutions they had identified for their clients, and importantly, research and guidance for the client on how to implement their solution.
Over the course of 15 weeks, 20 students from St Paul’s School in North Brisbane across Years 7-12 were engaged by two companies to help them solve business improvement challenges as part of a Design Led Venture.
The two companies were RACQ’s Youth Division (Free 2 Go), which specialises in insurance for people aged 16-24, and Anti-Ordinary, a startup which has designed a skiing/snowboarding helmet that looks like a beanie.
A group of students from Years 6 to 12 took part in a Design Led Venture which worked with the World’s Biggest Garage Sale (WBGS) to understand and identify a need, opportunity or problem to resolve. The students worked through an iterative design-led process to deliver an innovative solution.