10th Grade Design Thinking

Design for San Diego's 2020 Civic Design Challenge

"How can we make San Diego a more sustainable city?"

Building upon Design for San Diego's 2020 Civic Design Challenge (D4SD.org) and the The Jacobs Institute Changemaker Challenge (www.pactful.org/jicc/) the 10th grade has been focused on problems raised by UN Global Goal #11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. Extreme poverty is often concentrated in urban spaces; national and city governments struggle to accommodate the rising diverse population in these areas. Making cities safe and sustainable means ensuring access to safe and affordable housing and upgrading slum settlements. It also involves investment in public transportation, creating green public spaces, and improving urban planning and management in a way that is attainable, participatory, and inclusive.

Each studio focused on a different aspect of the sustainable city challenge. Mr. Marquez's scholars focused on the issue of housing, scholars in Mr. Bello's studio studied transportation, Ms. Green's class addressed health and wellness while Mr. Cerruti and his scholars researched climate change. Scholars have chosen a subject of personal interest related to the studio topics. They are asked to create solutions to the problems they have seen in their own communities. Tonight’s presentations demonstrate their use of the design thinking process to create prototype solutions that draw from their studies in humanities, math, chemistry and computer science.

Mr. Jose Bello
World History

Sustainable Transportation

How might we help people move freely in San Diego?

Mr. Stephen Cerruti
Computer Science

Sustainable Climate

How might we prepare San Diego for natural and human-influenced environmental challenges?

Ms. Jamie Green

Sustainable Health

How might we help all San Diegans live healthy and active lives?

Mr. Luis Marquez

Sustainable Housing

How might we reimagine housing to meet the needs of all San Diegans?



  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSS-IC Make inferences and justify conclusions from sample surveys, experiments, and observational studies.


  • HS-ETS1-1 Engineering Design Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.

Humanities - Language

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.2 Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.4 Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.

Computer Science

  • 9-12S.DA.7 Select and use data collection tools and techniques to generate data sets.

  • 9-12S.DA.8 Use data analysis tools and techniques to identify patterns in data representing complex systems.