We are about to finish the Human-Centered Design Course! Wish us luck!
As we already pointed out, the pre-crafted design challenge assigned by IDEO is related to improving educational experiences of new immigrants. The team readapted this challenge to our current project: BeirutRiver2.0. It takes into consideration the local context of Bourj Hammoud and looks into Providing Free-Of-Charge Educational Experiences Catering to Culturally Different Target Groups.
Following the steps of the course, we identified a Big Idea and then developed a Prototype. Our Big Idea proposes an Educational Public Space in the area of Bourj Hammoud.
However, at this early stage, the Educational Public Space is still an Idea and needs to be tested for feedback from the community [this brings us back to the Human-Centered Approach]. To test the Big Idea, we decided to test it on ground through a Prototype: Word Search Puzzle that is both educational and interactive.
We developed two Word Search Puzzles in Arabic and English to communicate with different target groups and made sure to have attractive boards for people to see from afar. We introduced the game in the busy municipal public square of Bourj Hammoud.
The Word Search led participants in finding the word Beirut River. This ties it back to our BeirutRiver2.0 Project and triggered the discussion about an urgent environmental issue: the pollution in the river and its health hazards on the surrounding communities.
As a conclusion, to actually implement the Big Idea in the future we would need to find a visible and accessible spot to be transformed into an Educational Public Space. This will make it easier for people to reach and know about it. We would also need to develop a more complex educational curriculum that can be introduced in this public space.