DI High design to make a difference

Digital Innovation (DI) High students have learnt about “designing to make a difference” at the Michael Crouch Innovation Centre (MCIC).

“Students worked collaboratively with myself and innovation professionals from the Centre to imagine tech products, in the context of helping Rohingya children caught in the refugee situation in Bangladesh,” Director of ICT and Digital Innovation Graham Clarkson said.

“We looked at using technology and available resources to create games and portable products for the Rohingya children who have had to flee Myanmar and seek refuge in camps at the borders of Bangladesh.”

Students met current postgraduate UNSW Law student Aleksandra Mizdrak, who lived in a refugee camp during the Serbian-Croatian War, Game and App developer Gwilym Humphreys, MCIC Program Director Laura Earl and MCIC Furniture / Product Designer and Fabrication Manager Melinda Wimborne.

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These professionals have become mentors for the students, guiding them through the initial brainstorming and design process session. Mr Clarkson also presented to students on board game and product design.

“The students had a fantastic day and were taken through the process of design from ideation, rapid sketching through to prototyping,” Mr Clarkson said.

“A mix of collaborative learning and individual construction made for an incredible foundation for their next session.”

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