A global call for high-school students to create human-centric solutions using “Whole System Design Thinking” or “Design Thinking” process.

Human-Centric Solutions

is an approach to product/solution development that puts people first and focusses on user needs, desires and abilities at the center of the development process.

Whole Systems Design Thinking

is an approach that aims to integrate social, economic and environmental factors, interrelationships, and phenomena into a comprehensive design solution.

Design Thinking

is a non-linear, iterative process which seeks to understand users, challenge assumptions, redefine problems and create innovative solutions.

Oxy-Pro Air Purifier

Process Used: Whole System Design Thinking

Author: Nitya Devisetti, Grade 11

High School: Cupertino High School, CA, USA

Publication Date: July 19, 2019

Abstract:

This research article aims to address the observed overarching issue of excess carbon dioxide emissions in our atmosphere. My design solution targets indoor air pollutants and carbon dioxide excess indoors which pose significant health problems for people that spend hours indoors.
Attempting to eliminate all of the excess carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is a large-scale problem that may take numerous changes, but starting small and aiming for better air indoors will start the track to tackling the enormous problem of climate change and improve indoor air quality.
Biomimicry was a major inspiration for my solution design because I was able to study various organisms to develop a device that eliminates carbon dioxide and pollutants while producing oxygen for the occupants of the building.

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Intelligent Autonomous System

Process Used: Whole System Design Thinking

Author: Ankit Pangarkar, Grade 12

High School: American High School - Fremont, CA, USA

Publication Date: July 19, 2019

Abstract:

The purpose of this research article is to design a lasting solution to an observed problem regarding the emerging innovation of self-driving cars. I observed that society demands completely autonomous vehicles, and in time, this will be a reality commonly faced. However, I also observed that no autonomous vehicle is yet safe to be driven in, or driven around, without any human intervention.
If autonomous vehicles are rushed into production, with the technology they currently possess, to satisfy the market, they will continue to pose a threat to human safety. Therefore, a drastic improvement in the technology, and the systems these vehicles utilize can effectively improve vehicular autonomy in general, rendering them safer to use.

By applying the methodology of combining nature and scientific technology, called biomimicry, I researched different approaches to develop a bioinspired solution called Intelligent Autonomous System (I.A.S.) which can guarantee safety in self-driving cars.

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Abnormal Myelin Reduction Treatment

Process Used: Whole System Design Thinking

Author: Shreyas Rangan. Grade 12

High School: Milpitas High School, CA. USA

Publication Date: July 19, 2019

Abstract:

The purpose of this research article is to design an original solution for an observation of a problem. The observation is that people with an abundant amount of myelin find, have a hard time sending electrical and chemical impulses through the nervous system.

For this problem, there is not enough research done to have a viable solution. However, with this solution, there may be some headway into a cure.

I applied biomimicry to research new ways to look at the problem. I decided to use the polar opposite of abnormal myelin contents to tackle the problem.

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