MRU’s ID Program Invited 35 Grade Nine Girls to a Design Thinking + Doing Workshop

This 90-minute session began with an introduction to design thinking, human centred design, and their applications. We then gave introduced the following challenge: How might we encourage people to use the stairs instead of the elevator?

Our participants engaged in the full design process including inspiration, ideation, and implementation. Each of these phases involved a short presentation about the purpose of and methods used to complete each phase and an activity the participants completed in smaller groups to push their understanding of the problem and potential solutions forward.

Our time together concluded with short presentations of prototypes developed by the participants and a discussion about how they could further pursue design.

This workshop was developed and hosted by two of our Information Design students, Gabrielle Dickson and Mackenzie Johnson. Explore STEM partnered with Science Odyssey ( and received a NSERC Promo Science Grant in support of this initiative.