Problem-solving bootcamp gets teachers, students in full gear

 UPDATED 8:00 AM HST Jun 19, 2013
HONOLULU -

Don't just call them problem-solvers. Call them problem finders.

The "Design Thinking Hawaii Bootcamp" is back and bigger than ever.

"The energy that it creates in the school is just terrific!," exclaimed Keith Hayashi, the Waipahu High School Principal.

 As jazzed as quarterback before the big game, Hayashi joined more than 330 educators, students, business and community leaders for this year's Bootcamp.

"In design thinking you learn a new way of solving problems," explained Maureen Carroll the founder of Lime Design."One of the big differences is that sometimes we're problem solvers not problem finders."

"The design challenge was how do we get our students to eat more school lunch," Hayashi added.

Last year, Hayashi's students learned through surveys, interviews, and teamwork that long lines and unappealing lunches were turning students away.  They changed that and moved on to their next project.

Kealakekua Graduate Amanda Nelson is leading her own team this year and assigned to the He'eia Fish Pond in Kaneohe.

"We're trying to understand other people and help fix their problems," Nelson said.

This is one of seven different locations where groups are interviewing people, learning about what they do and then trying to figure out how they can help. Then, they're going to create a program and implement their idea.

More than 20 schools and complexes are now part of the program. All working to teach generations now and later how to learn with purpose.

"When students feel that they're engaged, it's a great feeling, because they're helping others," concluded Hayashi.

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