I-Design@Horizon leverages the 7 HabitsTM of our I-Lead programme to develop our students into self-directed learners and active contributors who are innovative and risk-taking. Primary 4 students experience and integrate the design-thinking process in their learning of Science through the creation of a toy. They are given the opportunities to go through the 3 phases, Inspiration, Ideation & Implementation (I3) of Design-Thinking after understanding the potential interest of their peers and to prototype their ideas through application of Science concepts that they have learnt.
While students are creating their innovations, the journey may not be smooth-sailing and there may be failures. This process encourages a vibrant thinking culture where students are not afraid to experiment and to learn through productive failure as they prototype to validate their ideas. This is very much aligned to educationist and philosopher John Dewey’s theory of constructivism where learning involves integration of learners and his/her own observations in a cycle of creation and observation.
At the end of the process, our students become more resilient and reflective self-directed learners who question, reflect and persevere. In their groups, students learn to communicate effectively and synthesise with their group members. They will learn to resolve conflicts and respect one another’s ideas during their discussions. Through the process of creating their innovations, our students learn to take calculated risks and work with ambiguity.