Human Centered Design Workshop for ASB, 2017

  • Would you like to do something meaningful on your spring break this year?
  • Would you like to play an important role in K-12 outreach for HCDE and the UW?
  • Are you interested in traveling to rural Washington to mentor middle school students?

If so, consider applying for the first Human Centered Design Workshop for Alternative Spring Break!

Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is an outreach program organized by the UW’s Pipeline Project. It provides opportunities for teams of undergraduate students to spend their spring break in a rural or tribal community of Washington State, working with local elementary and middle schools.

This year, in partnership with the Pipeline Project, HCDE is launching its first ASB program, and will send a team of five undergraduates to lead middle school students in a Human Centered Design Workshop. HCDE students will work with the school and community leaders to identify a problem or need that can be addressed by our user-centered design process. Over the course of a 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. This workshop will build on HCDE’s existing UCD Charette for K-12 Outreach program.

This inspiring short video highlights a recent ASB team’s experience in a school near Yakima:

UW|360: Alternative Spring Break

To prepare for the ASB workshop, HCDE students will participate in a winter quarter DRG. In the DRG, we will develop and pilot the curriculum, learn the essentials of engaging with middle school students in their community, and generally prepare for this outreach adventure.

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity to make a difference in young people’s lives, inspire them about the potential of human centered design and a UW education, and to learn about and engage with communities in rural Washington, consider applying for the DRG.

In addition to registering for this 3-credit DRG, you must also be willing to spend your spring break week on the ASB trip. Housing, transportation, food, and incidental expenses for the trip will be arranged and paid for by the department. The DRG meeting time will accommodate the schedules of students who are accepted to the program.

We are seeking five dedicated and caring students for the workshop. To apply, please fill out this application. The deadline is December 2, 12:00 noon.

Note that the application requires answering a number of essay questions, but you do not have to complete them all in the same session. This is a summary of the questions:

  • Why are you interested in this project? What are your academic and personal goals, and how might ASB help you achieve them?
  • What experiences do you have working with children and/or youth?
  • An important part of Alternative Spring Break is the team. What personal characteristics (talents, skills, knowledge, etc.) do you have that will contribute to the team aspect of ASB?
  • Talk about an experience in which you worked with an individual or group from a different background than your own. What did you learn from the experience?
  • What aspect of human centered design do you find most compelling and why?
  • Is there anything else about you that you’d like to share with us?

We will also require an interview with selected candidates during the week of December 5–9 before offering places in the program.

If you have any questions about the program or the application process, please get in touch with one of us.

Catie Baker, HCDE Outreach RA
Andrew Davidson, HCDE Faculty