Gary Heidt, a design minded learner and educator, led November's round table. Gary began the meeting by leading an empathy building activity based on the children's book, The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires. Each participant reflected on the people, objects, places, and actions that are important to them, diagramed their reflections, and shared with a partner. Each participant was then tasked with designing the most magnificent thing for their partner inspired by their diagrams and the conversation it facilitated. Designs ranged from a solar powered radio to a classroom with wings.
Gary also shared his experience teaching a high school design class and led a short brainstorm exploring how his new "The Extraordinaires Design Thinking" club could utilize and hack The Exraordinaires Design Studio game.
Mary Ruskey and Lori Aument hosted the meeting at Mercy Career and Technical High School, a project-based, four-year co-educational Catholic vocational high school in East Falls. Vice Principal Catherine Glatts gave a short tour of the building and career lab classrooms.