At Santiago College we teach Design, a required course for the IB MYP. At the same time, we teach all the learning objectives contained in the technology portion of the Chilean curriculum. For this reason, our subject is called Design Technology.
Each year, our students must complete at least three projects, where they are presented with problems that need to be solved. The process followed to achieve the solutions is called the design cycle.
Our goal is for students to be able to follow the design cycle process, understand the importance of planning and testing, and ultimately be able to transfer these skills to any other project, in or out of school.
What is the MYP design cycle? The design cycle is a way of thinking / organizing that helps you reach a goal. The goal may be to develop a new recipe, or program an educational video game or 3D printed locker keychains. The design cycle begins with the investigation and analysis of a problem or issue: what is the problem? and why is it a problem? The next step is to develop planning ideas and drawings that can lead to the desired result. Then the solution should be created by following the planning drawings and demonstrating technical skills. Evaluation is the final stage, where both the final product and the process are measured according to success criteria.