How Can We Improve Our Global Food System?
Grade levels: 6-8
Total activity time: 60
In this lesson, students will practice rapid ideation—an important step
in design thinking—by brainstorming solutions to issues surrounding
our current food system. The purpose of rapid ideation is to produce an
abundance of ideas in a short amount of time unconstrained by judgements
or perceived limitations. Rapid ideation promotes out-of-the-box thinking
and creativity, and can lead to highly innovative and perhaps unanticipated
solutions to complex problems.
• Flipside Science video
• Student Worksheets
• Stopwatches or timers
In this activity, students will not proceed beyond the rapid ideation stage to
the actual implementation of a solution, as the goal of this lesson is not to
lead students through a full design thinking process. However, this lesson is
part of a larger unit, Flipside Science: Our Hungry Planet: Food For a Growing Population. In the final activity
of this unit, your students can participate in a design thinking challenge to develop solutions for a sustainable
food issue at home or school.
Grade levels: 6-8
1. What are some issues we are facing today surrounding our current food system, and how might we
design solutions for these issues?
2. What are some advantages of rapid brainstorming?
3. Why is brainstorming an important step in designing solutions?
1. Discover some of the different issues we are facing today surrounding our current food system.
2. Practice rapid and creative ideation in the context of designing solutions for issues surrounding our
current food system.
Terms for students
• Food system: A food system is all of the steps a food goes through from being grown to being
consumed. This could include processing, packaging, transporting, and selling.
• Computer with Internet access