While the traditional education over-emphasizing fixed content and rote memorization disassociated with the problem solving of the authentic societal issues, at PAS, we have begun to implement Design Thinking – a creative but disciplined approach to the process of understanding a problem from the perspective of the end user. Students are tasked with solving real-world problems through a carefully structured process, with the teacher as a facilitator and the students doing in-depth research and planning. It is a technique that can be used by anyone to solve any problem, and definitely student-centered approach to learning. While Design Thinking has been implemented by large corporation and government agencies in the professional world, starting from 2016-17 school year, PAS also started Design Thinking in one of our AP Seminar courses, Shaping the Future. We strive to integrate Design Thinking into our school curriculum to benefit our students from elementary to high school, high school as the priority, over the coming years, through which students will be equipped with the problem solving skills needed in the real world issues. Design Thinking in school curricula helps to develop children’s creativity and improve their thinking and innovative skills across disciplines. Students are trained to isolate problems, research on the background and identify the goals that need to be achieved, brainstorm on all possible solutions through the collection of data. This brainstorming step is where creativity steps in, as any suggestion or idea is taken into serious consideration, even what may seem like the most ludicrous idea may have its possibility in solving the problem. Through the process of prototyping and revision, students iterate these two steps to come up with a solid solution to the problem. Such experience trains students to learn from failure and to appreciate it. It is a method of self-solution and self-discovery, which incorporates analytic and creative thinking. Since the Design Thinking process attempts to solve a human problem, it is not only personal and authentic, but also motivates students to work for a clearly defined purpose, making learning a meaningful process. The process of Design Thinking is a method to self-solution and self-discovery: providing students with the autonomy and opportunities to building creative confidence. At PAS, for the school year of 2017-19, we will build into our curriculum a specific time for Design Thinking. During this time, students will work on projects of their choice and take the challenge to become creative problem-solvers.
Interested in starting your own company? Working in venture capital? Consulting for new businesses? You are in the right place. The Entrepreneurship Program exposes students to entrepreneurship management and aims to teach them how to build successful businesses. Students may complete the Entrepreneurship Program by taking three courses that build upon one another in content and in difficulty. Top students will be invited to a summer entrepreneurship capstone held in the United States and participants will be given the unique opportunity to meet and to work with successful entrepreneurs and professionals such as venture capitalists in the start-up space. All courses within the Entrepreneurship Program are integrative – they combine entrepreneurship concepts with core business theories related to management, marketing, finance, operations in management, accounting, and finance.