Design is the link between innovation and creativity, taking thoughts and exploring the possibilities and constraints associated with products or systems, allowing them to redefine and manage the generation of further thought through prototyping, experimentation and adaptation. It is human-centred and focuses on the needs, wants and limitations of the end user.
Competent design is not only within the reach of a small set of uniquely skilled individuals, but can be achieved by all. The use of well-established design principles and processes increases the probability that a design will be successful. To do this, designers use a wide variety of principles which, taken together, make up what is known as the design cycle.
Designing requires an individual to be imaginative and creative, while having a substantial knowledge base of important factors that will aid or constrain the process. Decisions made need to be supported by adequate and appropriate research and investigation. Designers must adopt an approach that allows them to think creatively, while conforming to the requirements of a design specification.
Students develop the skills and attitudes necessary to respond critically and resourcefully to real-life challenges. They question, investigate and evaluate data and information presented. The MYP structures sustained inquiry in design by developing conceptual understanding in global contexts. Global contexts direct learning towards independent and shared inquiry into our common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet. Using the world as the broadest context for learning, MYP design can develop meaningful explorations of:
• identities and relationships
• orientation in space and time
• personal and cultural expression
• scientific and technical innovation
• globalization and sustainability
• fairness and development.
MYP Design courses at WAIS are structured as a series of distinct digital and/or product design courses. Over the five years of MYP, our MYP design courses are designed to use the design cycle to structure projects and work towards meeting the aims and objectives of MYP design. Students complete a design project as a compulsory component of all MYP design courses.
1Summarized from the IBO MYP Design Guide and MYP: Principles into Practice
MYP Design Objectives and Criterion
There are four objectives for instruction:
Objective A- Inquiring and Analysing
Objective B- Developing Ideas
Objective C- Creating Solutions
Objective D- Evaluating
Assessment is based on criterion rubrics using achievement levels with the highest score being an 8.
Criterion A- Inquiring and Analysing
Criterion B- Developing Ideas
Criterion C- Creating the Solution
Criterion D- Evaluating
Note Design Projects- These tasks must be assessed using all four criteria. It must be presented as a design folder that is clearly divided into four sections: one per criterion. It must begin with the student’s inquiry into the problem and end with the evaluation of the product/solution. Students are presented with a design situation by the teacher, from which they identify their own problem.
Aims of MYP Design
• enjoy the designprocess, develop an appreciation of its elegance and power
• develop knowledge, understanding and skills from different disciplines to design and create solutions to problems using the design cycle
• use and apply technology effectively as a means to access, process and communicate information, model and create solutions, and to solve problems
• develop an appreciation of the impact of design innovations for life, global society and environments
• appreciate past, present and emerging design within cultural, political, social, historical and environmental contexts
• develop respect for others’ viewpoints and appreciate alternative solutionsto problems
• act with integrity and honesty, and take responsibility for their own actions developing effective working practices.
MYP Design requires the use of the design cycle for solving problems and promotes a practical and inquiry-based approach. This helps students to develop not only practical skills but also creative- and critical-thinking strategies. The Design Cycle and a problem-solving approach can also be applied to other subject groups.
MYP Design includes course in digital design, product design, and combined product/digital design.
Achievement Levels in Technology
Westchester Grading Scale Conversion for MYP
* This means the work submitted cannot
be scored using the criteria given.
If no work is submitted then a
traditional 0% would be given.
IB MYP Design
Technology Applications (6th Only)
Exploring Careers (7th Only)
Intro to Computer Science (8th Only)
Intro to Digital Design (8th Only)
Intro to Robotics (8th Only)
Intro to Web Design (8th Only)
Fundamentals of Computer Science
Digital Comm. in the 21st Century (9th Only)
Computer Science 1
Computer Science 2
Digital Art & Animation (½ Arts & ½ Design)
Digital Design & Media Production
Digital Video & Audio Design
Dollars & Sense
Robotics Programming & Design
Yearbook I & II