DiscoverDesign.org is a platform created to guide students through the design process, engaging them in inquiry-based, authentic projects that develop their problem-solving skills. Teachers can assign existing challenges or create new ones for their students to complete. These challenges lead students through ideation and research, culminating to a finished product. DiscoverDesign allows teachers and other students to comment on projects, creating a feedback platform. DiscoverDesign is ideal for any class looking to further push their STEAM students.
DiscoverDesign in Classrooms
What can I do with DiscoverDesign?
Everyone is a designer. We make design decisions everyday, and without meaning to do so we use steps of the design process. With design challenges, your students are led through the six-step design process to create a solution to a real-world problem. Along the way, students can receive feedback from you and their peers.
- Introduce your students to the design process. Check out this playlist.
- Use DiscoverDesign to assign existing design challenges to your students.
- Use existing challenges as templates to create your own design challenges. Check out challenges created by teachers design challenges.
- Give students feedback on their work and let students give feedback to each other's work.
Why is DiscoverDesign useful for my students and I?
- DiscoverDesign supports 21st century skills including creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration - using new media and promoting technological literacy.
- DiscoverDesign aligns to key standards and curricular and pedagogical frameworks
How do I use DiscoverDesign?
Getting Started with a Teacher Account
Set Up an AccountComplete the registration form - under role make sure to select "educator"
Make sure to type in your school as this will make it easier for your students to find you
Verify Your AccountAdd our email to your contacts
In order to receive important account information from DiscoverDesign.org, add our email address firstname.lastname@example.org, to your school’s approved email list. Not doing so may cause communication from our site to be blocked or end up in your spam folder.
Log inYou will need to verify your Teacher status by filling out the Teacher Verification Form
We’ll verify your educator status and grant you special access to several classroom-friendly features on DiscoverDesign.
DiscoverDesign Promotes 21st Century Skills
21st Century Skills include creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration - using new media and promoting technological literacy.
Case studies explore award-winning green schools around the country and include interactive instructional materials – videos, slideshows, guided questions, architectural construction drawings, interviews with architects, digital models.
Students can choose real-world design challenges and post media from a variety of sources on the Web to inform their process.
Guidelines for Safe Classroom Use
If you have any questions about safety and privacy on DiscoverDesign, learn more about how we've protected students' identity. Only anonymous usernames and cities are displayed and students' full names and school names are never shown. We never share account info with anyone.
FAQs and Technical Help
Visit the student help page for more info, a student tutorial video, and technical help.
Questions about using DiscoverDesign in your classroom?