In a nutshell, design thinking is a way to define and solve tough challenges. It focuses heavily on rapid prototype solutions and learning from mistakes. In education, design thinking immerses students and teachers (i.e., the designers) in real-world problem solving. The journey begins with empathy work—an opportunity for understanding the needs and motivations of a group of people. Using this data as a guide, designers then work collaboratively to define a problem. From there, designers brainstorm solutions, design a prototype and test their product. Design thinking at The Studio School correlates with our place-based learning and is integrated into our purposeful writing curriculum.