Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park will hold a preview showing next Thursday of a PBS documentary, "Extreme by Design," and conduct a panel discussion on how the school district is using "an innovator's mindset" to change how students learn, the school has announced.
The event will be held from 6:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at the school's Performing Arts Center, 1100 Elder Ave. in Menlo Park.
Hillview principal Erik Burmeister will give a talk titled "Blazing a New Trail: How Hillview is Using Design Thinking to Redesign School."
The school asks people to register for the event by Friday, April 12. Click here for more information.
The PBS documentary, made by Kikim Media of Menlo Park and Hawkview Pictures, follows Stanford students who design and build products to "solve seemingly intractable problems for the world's poor," according to the announcement. One student's team works on creating a breathing device to keep babies in Bangladesh from dying of pneumonia. Another seeks a way to store drinking was for Indonesian villages.
After the screening, a panel will discuss how students in the Menlo Park City School District are using "design thinking" to tackle challenges. On the panel will be teachers, administrator and parents in the district, and filmmaker Ralph King.
"Design thinking" is intended to encourage kids to think creatively, to share and test their ideas, and to be willing to change their ideas to make them better, according to the school's announcement.