Design Thinking

Empathise, define, ideate, prototype and test – preparing our students for the future

We teach students to solve problems using design thinking, an innovative process widely used by scientists, inventors and innovators. It involves five phases – empathise, define, ideate, prototype and test. When students have mastered the skills central to the design thinking approach, they can apply them to solve any problem.

Artificial Intelligence has disrupted the workplace and revolutionised industries, but it isn’t able to replicate the human attributes of empathy, creativity, and community. Design thinking prepares young people for the future. Learning this flexible and creative approach to problem solving gives them an edge, enabling them to use their innately human qualities to compliment rather than compete with AI.

Charterhouse Asia’s approach to design thinking is called “WEAVE”: Wonder, students engage with a problem or unanswered question; Explore, they use research skills to consider the barriers to solving the problem; Apply, they prototype possible solutions; Value, they refine their work based on feedback from their peers, teachers and the community; and Exhibit, they launch their finished product.

Students have plenty of opportunities to develop their problem-solving skills throughout the school year. They use the WEAVE process to gain deep insight in their International Project Qualification, to and to solve subject specific problems. In addition, Charterhouse Malaysia will be encouraging our learners to use Design Thinking when working in the community during outreach projects.