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Upper School Design Sprint Inspired by Voiceless Documentary

When Love Beyond Walls, an Atlanta non-profit, approached Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation (MVIFI) and Mount Vernon Presbyterian School about the premier of their new documentary, Voiceless, an authentic opportunity for students to experience another lap in design thinking emerged.  Here was a real-world user with a real-world problem – How might we raise awareness for homelessness and design a way for those who are “voiceless” to be heard?  Terrence Lester, creator of Love Beyond Walls, decided to walk from Atlanta, Georgia to Washington, D.C.  to bring attention to the plight of so many people in this country.  This was his solution to bringing awareness to this epidemic, but it was only one idea. Through a 40-minute design sprint, students in ninth through twelfth grades were given the opportunity to develop their own ideas and to create individual prototypes, prototyping over 350 possible solutions to be presented to Love Beyond Walls and other local nonprofits that support this organization.

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