Hill's Design Thinking for World Change course offers students an opportunity to work on projects within our community and beyond through a human-centered approach to solving real-world problems by understanding users’ needs and developing insights that can impact individuals and communities. Through dialogue, observation, and empathy with the end users, students will learn how to ideate solutions that fit into the environment. This process is called Design Thinking. Students will research, interview and connect with end users. Students will prototype and present projects to the end user. Emphasis will be placed on creativity, collaborative thinking, class participation, and oral presentation.
“Instead of deciding to make a political impact where we would protest about having stricter gun laws, we all decided that we would like to make a social impact."
In 2017, Efi Miller '21 and Alexander Zois '19 designed a safe and fun trick or treating event for children in the Pottstown and Hill School communities. Part of the design process was to advertise the event, solicit and collect candy donations, find volunteers to hand out candy, create games for the children to play, and find volunteers to work - in costume - at the event. The event was a success and the 2nd annual Trick or Treat at The Hill School was held in 2018.
"We choose this project because we wanted to create a safe place for the kids of Pottstown to come and trick or treat also it relieves the fears of the parents that their child is going and knocking on strangers doors."
Garrett George '19 enjoys reading comic books and graphic novels, and knew that other students enjoyed this literary genre. However, these types of books were not available in The Hill School's John P. Ryan Library. During the 2017-18 academic year, Garrett designed a proposal to attain funding for the Library to purchase a variety of graphic novels from a local book store that was owned by parents of a Hill alumnus. The books were purchased and added to the Library's collection in the fall of 2018.
"The necessity of this project lies in the need for a larger selection of choices of what to read in the library, while also benefiting local business through orders from local book stores rather than large online book stores."