We spent the first two weeks of our project creating workstations collecting data for our project. Focused on our users, we set up our workstations on campus during different events and invited students to participate. The purpose of our student engagement is to:
- Introduce students to the project
- Engage students in exercises to gather input for our project's vision
- Solicit input on student priorities for the project
- Gather input on opportunities as seen from the student's perspective
BELOW IS A BRIEF SUMMARY OF EACH WORKSTATION:
WORKSTATION 1 - Campus Color Questions. Each student selected a sticker packet based on their class. Using a scale from 0-10 (I hate it to I love it), they were asked to answer each question with one of their stickers.
- Do you like your existing outdoor paint scheme?
- How does the campus make you feel?
- Do you identify with the school colors: red/black?
- On the last sheet, students were asked to select colors from a large color wheel.
WORKSTATION 2 - Priority Mapping. Each student selected a sticker packet based on their class. They were asked to place a sticker on each map asking questions about how they use the campus.
- Where do you enter school?
- What is your favorite hangout spot?
- Where do you eat lunch?
- What is a good location for a mural/public art?
- What is your favorite part of campus?
- What is your least favorite part of campus?
WORKSTATION 3 - Vision Wall. We left sticky notes and sharpies out for students to use in their responses to our prompts.
- How do you want the new color scheme to make you feel?
- What colors would you propose?
- What identity should Gunn aspire to?
WORKSTATION 4 - Priorities Buckets. For this station, we had ten labels on one bucket each. Each student was given three tokens and asked to pick out their top three suggested improvements.
- WAYFINDING - the process of orienting yourself, deciding on a route, and having a clear path from place to another
- SIGNAGE - the physical signs that de-mark a building, room, or destination
- SCHOOL PRIDE - Identity of the Titan and the colors red and black
- COLOR CODING - Using color to distinguish different buildings and disciplines
- MURALS - Colorful, vibrant art with student participation
- PUBLIC ART - Creatively using other materials besides paint to enhance the existing campus
- PERFORMANCE SPACE - Painting areas to be used for performance
- SOCIAL SPACE - Painting areas where you enjoy hanging out, socializing, or eating lunch
- WELCOMING ENTRANCE - Using paint, creating a more vibrant point of entry to the school
- CAMPUS COMMUNITY SPACE - Using paint, creating a more vibrant area for ALL students to gather and hang out
Our first student engagement was outside the Bow Gymnasium on January 15 for the school's Sports Rally. We had great weather and a lot of foot traffic passing by.
Our priority buckets were very popular and a great way to bring the students in and to tell them about the project. A lot the feedback we received was that students were excited to be told they get to choose the design.
Here are some of our results!
Our second student engagement was the same day as the TEDx Conference outside Spangenberg on January 22. We facilitated the workshop in a similar way.
Here are some of our results!
Thank you to all the students who participated! If you are interested in becoming more involved, please sign up for our focus groups.