Design Thinking & Systems Engineering
Design Thinking & Social Entrepreneurship
The Design Thinking & Social Entrepreneurship Certificate Program, designed by education and business leaders, is an employability credential that serves as a seal of college and career readiness. In this certificate program, students will master a robust, human-centered approach to designing and improving products, experiences, and systems at any scale. Informed by testing and analysis, students will learn to iterate on and refine their prototype using design thinking methodology to ultimately generate a rigorous, viable solution to any challenge.
In the Design Thinking & Social Entrepreneurship Certificate Program, high school students will leverage design thinking to create a constant interplay of intuitive and data-driven decision-making and put their ideas into action by solving real-world problems with other students under the guidance of business professionals. Students will build on methods from across the field of design to create learning experiences that help them to unlock their creative potential and apply it to the world. This intensive, 8-month-long, hybrid program is the ultimate hands-on experience for any high-schooler looking to explore their diverse professional interests and develop the skills to succeed in a wide variety of careers.
Learn from guest speakers and hands-on workshops
Collaborate in groups and work with students from around the world
Conduct fieldwork to collect information
Re-frame problems, and find patterns in information.
Embrace diverse viewpoints,
Test new ideas with others
Understand stakeholders in order to define the product or service’s features
Observe and learn from unfamiliar contexts
Prepare for college and beyond
Design Thinking Program Sequence
Generating a Solution
In this course, you will engage in a series of brainstorming sessions that use capabilities diagrams, and context diagrams. From this process you will gather ideas that will propel you toward the creative solutions in your problem space.
Identifying a Challenge
In this course you will begin to summarize and describe in detail a challenge that you are trying to address and what you hope to achieve by taking on the challenge.
In this course you will evolve a first design. From this point, you will create rough prototypes and role play as end users who are working with these prototypes. From this process you will learn about your product's strengths and shortcomings.
Gathering User Emotion
In this course you will conduct fieldwork to collect information about the users whose needs you are trying to meet.
Testing and Iteration
In this course you will test your design, which is the culmination of the design process leading up to this point. You will end up collecting needs, insights, and surprises along with tensions, contradictions, and synergies. The purpose here is to develop a solution that truly meets user needs.
Crafting a Narrative
In this course you will convert the raw data from your empathy fieldwork to create a powerful problem definition that sets the right context for brainstorming solutions.
Sample Pipeline Trajectory
Potential Program Trajectory
Agent / Rep
Real Estate Agent or Broker
Scouting & Recruitment
Emergency Mgmt. Specialist