In the Classroom, Students Use Design to Solve Real-World Problems In the Classroom, Students Use Design to Solve Real-World Problems
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In the Classroom, Students Use Design to Solve Real-World Problems

by Allison Arieff

February 16, 2011

After the diverse yet underserved Kansas City community of Rosedale identified childhood obesity as one of its most pressing issues, three students from the Kansas City Art Institute addressed the problem by targeting a high-traffic intersection next to a beautiful park that currently has no sidewalk. I Need a Sidewalk, their public media campaign featuring this bold graphic billboard, was funded by a $4,700 award. The design team, Amanda Laffoon, Tom Morse-Brown, and Tammy Shell, hopes the project will influence local government to create a more accessible and pedestrian-friendly space.

First Person American, a project by School of Visual Arts graduate Irina Lee, aims to document the modern immigrant experience with an interactive website that allows people to share their personal stories. Lee's project, done in collaboration with The Peopling of America Center, part of the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, was awarded an $8,300 implementation award to complete the site.

The $1,000 Idea Award goes to Ben's Book: Little Red Flying Hood. Ben, an autistic student studying design at Foothill High School in Henderson, Nevada, has founded a powerful creative outlet in animation. Ben's Book, aimed at elementary school children, tells his personal story of overcoming the challenges of autism.

You can see more of the dynamic student projects, learn about student mentoring, and even buy limited edition Cynthia Rowley-designed Bandaids to help support the program, at the Design Ignites Change website.
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