design[ED] Lab

Dr. Betsy DiSalvo
Monet Spells

Students solved these problems in design[ED] Lab ("Design Education Lab"), a user experience workshop that introduced teenagers and pre-professional adults to design-thinking, to encourage problem-solving and critical thinking skill development. This workshop was in partnership with The Bridge Academy (College Park, GA), a full-time High School Diploma and GED Prep program offering a nontraditional path for students. Students used a design-thinking approach to respond to problems based on the College Park Comprehensive Plan (2011 - 2031), by defining the problem, brainstorming solutions, thinking empathetically, iterating on the prototype, and critiquing the work. design[ED] Lab aims to expose underrepresented minorities to design-thinking as a method to solve important problems within their community. Empowered with the tools to make a difference, we hope to inspire the minds that will change the world.

design[ED] Lab is a research project created and facilitated by Monet Spells, a Master's student at Georgia Institute of Technology studying Human-Computer Interaction.

Betsy DiSalvo

The CAT Lab studies how culture impacts the use and production of technology with a focus on learning applications, computer science education and designing new technologies with culture as a point of convergence.