On day one, Temple University FOX Professor Dr. James Moustefellos kicked off the Design Challenge with an icebreaker activity that had a creative spin to it. The activity called for participants to design name tags describing themselves in one or two words. The main goal of this exercise was for participants to design a nametag that mirrored the participant’s unique personality–allowing them to think both spatially and creatively.
After Dr. Moustefellos explained how to create a name tag, the youth began to discuss various concepts with their mentors for their designs. Some youth chose to define themselves with nouns, while others chose adjectives. Various materials were available to the youth to help them create their name tags, which included construction paper, glitter, pipe cleaners, sticky notes, glue, tape and even balloons.
Each group was given about 15 minutes to complete the exercise. At the end of the activity, the students each talked for three minutes on why they picked their choice of descriptive word(s) and the concept for their name tag design. In the end, each member of the team got a chance to get to know one another on a personal level.
Some students even shared their nametags to all of the groups in the Design Challenge. Dr. Moustefellos commended the students for their hard work at the end of the activity.
Written By: Sienna Vance
Photos By: Sienna Vance