HCDE to offer alternative spring break

Friday, January 6, 2017

In 2017, the department of Human Centered Design & Engineering is partnering with the University of Washington's Pipeline Project to offer an Alternative Spring Break (ASB) for HCDE undergraduate students.

First planning meeting of the HCDE Alternative Spring Break team, January 5, 2017.

The group of participating HCDE students will spend their spring break in a rural or tribal community of Washington State, leading local middle school students in human-centered design workshops to address an identified community need. Over the course of the week, the middle school students, guided by the HCDE student team, will research the problem, design and prototype a solution, and present their project idea.

The HCDE team is starting the project in a Winter 2017 Directed Research Group to work with community leaders to identify a problem that can be addressed with the user-centered design process, develop and pilot the workshop curriculum, and learn the essentials of engaging with students in their local community. 

This work builds on HCDE's existing User-Centered Design Charette for K-12 Outreach Program, and is led by HCDE Senior Lecturer Andrew Davidson and HCDE Research Assistant Catie Baker.