Module 06
Human Centered Design: Empathy and Designing for Special Groups

Do not be stingy or greedy

The ethical code "Do not be stingy or greedy" serves as a reminder of the virtues of generosity and communal well-being. Rooted in empathy and guided by the wisdom of the tribe's elders, this principle encourages individuals to share resources and opportunities in a spirit of collective prosperity. It's not just about material wealth; it's about fostering an environment of mutual respect and kindness, where the needs of the community are placed above individual gain. This code is a cornerstone for building a harmonious and equitable society.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to describe how an older adult would feel while conducting Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)

Students will be able to describe what issues older adults face in their Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)

Students will be able to describe strategies to help older adults with their Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)

STEM Activities

Students will be introduced to the concept of Human Centered Design through Empathic Design. Students will have the opportunity to use an aging simulation suit (G.E.R.T suit) to help develop solutions through the empathic design process. The empathic design process has been known to spark innovation. The students will redesign a kitchen so that an older adult would easily be able to navigate and use.

Human Centered Design

Empathic Design Process


Related STEM Careers 

Product Designer

Industrial Engineer

Human Factors Engineer

Interior Designers

Teaching Resources

3D model of Kitchen

Requires Sketchup to open and view


Developing a GERT Suit

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