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Hands-on Family Design Thinking Challenge – Bethel University VT

March 9 at 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Learn through doing — tackle this Design Thinking Challenge with your family!

This challenge will take you and your family step by step through the five stages of Design Thinking in a hands-on way. Design Thinking is a human-centered approach to problem-solving that is used by companies worldwide. There is no one right solution, and thinking outside the box is encouraged! Mixed teams of kids and adults will call on their creativity to solve the problem posed. Finally, you will build and test a prototype of your design. This challenge is a great way to connect through creativity! Open to kids age 6-12 and their adults, whether family or extended family members.

Registration is free, but required.

Professors: Kathy Fechter and Mary Schell, White River Valley School
Kathy Fechter teaches English and Language Arts to grades 3-5 at Bethel Elementary School. Through Design Thinking her students learn to apply empathy and creativity to problem-solving in a way that motivates, builds classroom community, and promotes equity. Mary Schell is the Community School Coordinator for the White River Valley Supervisory Union.

Accessibility, Sites & Directions:
The White River Valley School is wheelchair accessible. Accessible parking is located at both entrances. Visit Venues and Accessibility at to find directions and accessibility info for your class location.

If you need other accommodations, please contact us and let us know at [email protected]. We are a small volunteer team, but will do our best to help or provide reasonable accommodations.

About Bethel University – Vermont
Bethel University Vermont (BU) is a free community pop-up university based in Bethel, Vermont, created by the Bethel Revitalization Initiative. We offer free classes and meet-ups by the community, for the community, during the month of March each year. Learn more about Bethel University and check out more free class and event listings at


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3CVT Zone (Orange and Windsor Counties)


White River Valley School, Bethel Campus
273 Pleasant Street
Bethel, 05032
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