Toolkit: Your School, Your Future

Your school, your future invites students to explore and understand their role as a user in their own school environment.

This toolkit encourages students to research and understand and re/design their school environment  as a catalyst for change and increased ownership.


Adam Jefford 2011-12 Queensland- Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt Design Museum Fellow

expected duration

The unit length is ideally 4 – 5 weeks in duration, but could be extended to run the length of the school term. Each phase (inquire, ideation and implementation) could include the structured activities outlined here as well as team and individual studio extension and development time. Suggested outcomes could include individual or team concept panels, reports, rapid prototypes, oral presentations, digital photography, compositing, videography, etc. Sample design activities below envisage a typical class size of 25 – 28 students, working in teams of 4 – 5. Team size is flexible, but students should always work in groups, not individually.


We are always looking to improve our toolkits and we would love to hear your thoughts. Please email your suggestions to

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