On 27 April, design and technology teachers are invited to take part in the “Design in Education” workshop to get inspiration from design experts and to get hands-on experience with the teaching materials and methodology developed for the “Design and Technology II” secondary school course. The seminar is organised by Riga Business School as a unit of RTU.

In the seminar, Jānis Ķīnasts will dispel myths about design thinking, draw attention to the interconnectedness of design in time and space, and provide critical insights into design “praxis” – an integrated process of theory and practice in which the power of methods lies in their applicability and adaptability. Jānis holds a BA in Environmental Science and an MA in Art with a specialisation in Design. He has spent the last decade interning not only in Latvia, but also in Greece, Egypt, Tasmania, Azerbaijan and briefly in Hong Kong. Kārlis Jonāss, lecturer and design thinking coach at Riga Business School, will share his experiences from the world of startups. On a daily basis, Kārlis supports teams in formulating and solving problems. He has led more than 100 design sprints to help teams validate their business ideas.

In the second part of the workshop, under the guidance of teachers Evija Rozentāle and Ance Kancere, participants will get to know the training materials developed for the prototyping topic – examples of analysis prototypes and will draw up and discuss a testing plan. The workshop will be of particular interest to teachers who teach design and technology courses in secondary schools.


10.00 – 10.05 Opening of the seminar, introduction to the day

Linda Sinka, Project Manager, RTU Riga Business School

10.05 – 11.30 Design as a Landscape of Knowledge

Jānis Ķīnasts, Designer

11.45 – 12.30 Design Thinking experience stories from the startup world

Kārlis Jonāss, Design Thinking Coach

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch break

13.30 – 14.30 Workshop – Prototyping and testing plans based on examples from a wide range of prototypes

14.45 – 15.30 Analysis of prototyping and testing plans, overview and summary of methods

Evija Rozentāle, Deputy Director of Riga Secondary School of Cultures, “Design and Technology II” teacher

Ance Kancere, teacher at Sigulda City Secondary School “Design and Technology II”, coordinator of educational projects and programmes at Sigulda Technology Education Centre

15.45 – 16.00 Conclusion of the seminar

Registration for the seminar is open until 24 April, by filling out the application form: https://bit.ly/3UeQbkd

The seminar will take place at Riga Business School, Skolas iela 11, Riga. Coffee breaks and snacks will be provided, participants are welcome to have lunch at their own discretion outside the seminar premises.

The training materials have been developed in cooperation with Riga Business School as a unit of Riga Technical University and the National Centre for Education Content, teachers and university staff involved in the approbation. Funded by the European Social Fund within the project No “Support for the Development of Individual Competences of Learners”.

More information: Linda Sinka, Project Manager, linda.sinka@rbs.lv

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