Design, and the resultant development of new technologies, has given
rise to profound changes in society, transforming how we access and
process information, adapt our environment, communicate with others,
solve problems, work and live. MYP design challenges students to apply
practical and creative-thinking skills to solve design problems; encourages
students to explore the role of design in historical and contemporary
contexts; and raises students’ awareness of their responsibilities
when making design decisions and taking action.
Inquiry and problem-solving are at the heart of design. MYP design
requires the use of the design cycle as a tool, which provides: the methodology
to structure the inquiry and analyse problems; the development
of feasible solutions; the creation of solutions; and the testing and
evaluation of the solution. In MYP design, a solution can be a model,
prototype, product or system independently created and developed by
MYP design enables students to develop not only practical skills but
also strategies for creative and critical thinking.
The aims of MYP design are to encourage and enable students to:
• enjoy the design process, and develop an appreciation of its
elegance and power
• develop knowledge, understanding and skills from different
disciplines to design and create solutions to problems using the
design cycle
• use and apply technology effectively as a means to access,
process and communicate information, model and create
solutions, and to solve problems


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