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Design Thinking


Design Thinking 


A significant focus of the curriculum at e3 Civic High involves Design Thinking with real-world connections, personal relevance, authentic problems, and projects. Design Thinking engages scholars in the investigation of real-world problems or concerns, encourages them to understand the end-users, the experts in the field, the research, then design solutions to the problem, and present those solutions to an authentic audience. 


2021 Design Thinking Projects 

You can view this year's senior class design thinking projects by clicking on the link below. This year's theme, "Gen Z in Action."


2021 Design Thinking Scholar Presentations - Senior Class


Yearly Competitions                                                                                   

Project Invent  

Scholars presented their DT pitches to venture capitalists who judged the projects based on their promise to make the world a better place.



Design for San Diego Summit is an online, interactive showcase, and discussion sponsored in large part by UCSD Design Lab, about how to make a more sustainable San Diego.


Lemelson-MIT Program

The Lemelson-MIT Program promotes invention and the early stages of entrepreneurship across the United States through its prize program for collegiate inventors and its invention education initiatives.


National High School Design Competition

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum launched the National High School Design Competition in 2016. Every year, students around the country are challenged to design a solution to a unique scenario, inspired by Cooper Hewitt’s rich collection and stimulating exhibitions.


Samsung Solve for Tomorrow

The contest challenges students in grades 6-12 to show how STEM can be applied to help improve their communities. 


Changemaker Challenge

The Changemaker Challenge is a worldwide event, sponsored by Dr. Irwin and Mrs. Joan Jacobs, supported educators and teenagers in developing socially good solutions aligned to the UN Global Goals. The competition included more than 40 educators and over 1500 students from 3 countries and 13 US states.


Moving Forward

The systems and infrastructure e3 set in place truly fostered a quick pivot into the world of distance learning. Through ongoing faculty member collaboration, a well-established IT infrastructure, engaging online learning practices, and a dedication to strong relationships, faculty and scholars were able to continue with Design Thinking and civic engagement in the online space. As e3 moves forward, they will continue to guide scholars through the DT process, enabling them to develop the critical thinking skills needed to solve problems in the world around them.