The goal of the Punahou DT team is to build and maintain a student-centered, school-wide environment designed to empower the development of the social-emotional skills, technical abilities, design thinking and growth mindset needed to translate the Punahou Aims into positive and purposeful action in the real world.
Our department is dedicated to empowering students to take purposeful action. We teach students to look for the educational opportunities in taking on the challenges that they encounter, discover and create. Students learn more deeply when they are engaged in solving problems and working on challenges that inspire them. Think back to your own education, what educational experiences do you have the strongest memories of? What if a huge part of your education could be like those highlight memories? We think it can.
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iPad Sign-in Stations
When entering the labs, scan your Punahou ID. The scan will show your current certification safety level. Don’t forget to sign out on the iPad with your Punahou ID.
Design Thinking is a framework for developing practical and creative resolutions. The process is built on five basic steps – empathize, define, ideate, prototype and test. Students are taught to work through this process to create products or services that solve real-world problems.
There are several unifying threads in our department. We are committed to direct instruction for the development of social-emotional skills. Social-emotional skills enable kids to understand themselves, work in groups to solve problem and to develop the complex and critical ability to empathize with clients, fellow designers and even people from different cultures.