Instead of desks, they had a mission: Help solve their hometown’s biggest problems by designing and building a local farmer’s market.
With guidance from two designer-activists who are pioneering a sociallly transformative design thinking curriculum, high school students in North Carolina’s poorest county cut through administrative red tape, crippling financial constraints and extreme weather conditions to make a difference in their community. “If You Build It,” a documentary from the award-winning creators of the film “Wordplay,” follows the students on their year-long odyssey and explores how design thinking in the classroom can help solve society’s most pressing problems.
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Interested in seeing design thinking in action? Watch this groundbreaking film June 30 at 5 p.m. in the Sidney Marcus Auditorium, and join a discussion with designer-activist Emily Pilloton about the future of hands-on education.