The Jefferson County International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme - Pleasant Grove Campus runs integrated Design via Science. All students receive a minimum of 50 hours of Design in which students are being taught using Design concepts, Design objectives/criteria, and the Design cycle. For these 50 unit hours, each student will document their process through individual Design portfolios.

As part of the Middle Years Programme (MYP), Design challenges all students to:

apply practical and creative thinking skills to solve design problems
explore the role of design in both historical and contemporary contexts
consider their responsibilities when making design decisions and taking action. 
MYP design focuses a holistic design process rather than final products and solutions.

What is the significance of design in the MYP?

MYP uses the design cycle as a way to structure:

inquiry and analysis of design problems
development and creation of feasible solutions
testing and evaluation of students’ models, prototypes, products or systems.
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