In a design process, it is important to have a clear problem definition. It can be challenging to make a concrete and precise problem definitions to work with, especially for abstract concepts such as sustainability, which is spread globally and over time. The mapping tool is a method to map big, societal issues like sustainability in order to make them more concrete and tangible. The mapping tool creates a physical and visual support to discuss the problem. By dividing the problem in smaller parts, you start seeing the relation between the parts that make up the problem. This enables children to define the scope of their project and come up with a problem definition of one of the aspects. The mapping of the big societal issue creates a shared understanding and of the steps in the process. This will enable children later on in the process to understand what the other groups are working on, since they have constructed the map together.
The mapping tool is a method to map big, societal issues like sustainability in order to make them more concrete and tangible.
Teams of 4 to 5
8 to 11 years
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