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Design thinking
Education Systems

Jessica A. Artiles is a designer, maker, educator, Cuban dancer, snowboarder, and roadtripper, but above all else, a connector.

From ideas to sketches to prototypes to start-ups, follow her (ongoing) journey through designing, making, fabrication, education, and beyond as she works to make the world a better place.

Work in Design Thinking & Education

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The Education DesignShop

A 2-day Design Thinking Workshop

Design Thinking for Institutions

Pin-ups in President Reif's Office

International Development Work

Re-designed charcoal burning process

Teaching & Mentoring in Design

Working with design students of all levels

Work in Making, Designing, & Beyond

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3D printed ring puzzle

Also mass-made for MIT Maker Faire

How to Make: Something Big

MIT maze-inspired CNC'ed wall art

Fab-in-a-box: With Oscillating Cutter

Portable multi fabrication machine

HelmetHub for Bike Shares

Startup for helmet dispensing system


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Where I've been and where I'm going

  • TEDx Talk in Brasil! The Art of Y: Big Learning through Big Data
  • SXSWedu, Playground Booth, March 2017, Don't Feed the Bears
  • Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers, November 2016 Design Thinking in the Classroom
  • Nueva Design Thinking Institute, Participating Consultant, June 29- July 2, 2015
  • American Society of Engineering Education, Annual Conference, Technical Paper Presentation, June 14-17, 2015, Ta-Da! You’re a design thinker! Validating the DesignShop as a Model for Teaching Design Thinking to Non-Designers and Achieving Systemic Re-Design in the Education System
  • Harvey Mudd Design Thinking Workshop, Panelist Paper Presentation, May 26-28, 2015, The Education DesignShop: Transforming Non-Designers into Design Thinkers through Real-World Project-Based Learning
  • MIT Scaling Development Ventures Annual Conference, Invited blogger, Apr 11, 2015, Product Design for Social Impact: Manufacturing and Quality Assurance at Scale
  • Harvard LearnLaunch Conference, Workshop, Jan 30, 2015, What is coding code for? Design thinking to achieve meaningful computing for youth and you
  • Stanford FabLearn Conference, Panelist Paper Presentation, Oct 25-26, 2014, Methods for Innovation: Observations from The Education DesignShop
  • Design Thinking Research Symposium at Purdue University, Invited designee, Oct 12-15, 2014
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