Chantelle Sansness, 2017 Queensland-Cooper Hewitt Fellow and primary School teacher, sat down with Design Minds to discuss her upcoming fellowship and the value of design thinking in education.

The Oakleigh State School primary teacher was awarded the Queensland Government fellowship to complete a design education project at New York’s Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum.

“This fellowship will allow me to engage with cutting-edge design practices that will transform STEM teaching at Oakleigh State School – by challenging students to think outside the box and succeed in today’s digital world,” she said on receiving her fellowship.

Chantelle integrates design thinking into many different areas of the curriculum. She said it aligns well in combining subjects and uses the process as a means to explore topics in depth.

She believes the skills learned through the design process can be transformative for students,“You are giving them skills that are life skills, which they can then take to any career path.”

The Queensland-Cooper Hewitt Fellowship, along with the Queensland Smithsonian Fellowship has been running since 2000 to enable scientists, researchers and educators to spend time in the United States working at the Smithsonian Institution’s museums and research centres.

Chantelle will be departing for New York in the coming weeks and will be corresponding with Design Minds during that time. Stay tuned for her updates in Design Online.

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