Prospect North Primary School
Over the past few years, Prospect North Primary School (PNPS) has worked diligently to embed Design Thinking for Learning across R-7 as a framework for inquiry. This has led to students working with the local council and even a beautiful vegetable garden. At PNPS, students are involved in decision-making, giving them true agency. Not only do they choose what and how to investigate their learning, they are also involved in the school’s curriculum design and strategy planning. PNPS has also led STEM initiatives across many sites in South Australia and interstate. By modelling a strong process for fully engaging students in their learning and mentoring other schools to do the same. The school’s Kids Teach STEM initiative has seen local schools engage in ongoing training and collaboration to put students in the driving seat of whole school change. The impact of this has been immense. Through the STEM Lead learning program, STEM 500 and the STEM ambassador cohorts, the school’s students have delivered training to all involved. The high agency PNPS’ students have empowered them to be strong community members, to problem seek and then use the Design Thinking process to find solutions and engage with professionals.