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To help you propose a project that will be accepted for Design Thinking and Communications (DTC), we have put together some advice. Keep reading to learn more. 

What kinds of projects are suitable for DTC?

Proposals that are suitable for students enrolled in DTC include those that:

Proposals that are not suitable for students enrolled in DTC include those that:

What makes a good DTC project?

It's important for a DTC project proposal to have what we call an open design statement. An example of an open design statement is "help a person remove snow from their roof in the winter." An example of a non-open design statement is "build a 3-feet high by 4-feet wide by 10-feet long wooden ramp for a person in a wheelchair to enter their home."

It's also important for you to be able to put the student team in contact with the specific person or people who will use the prototype after it's built for testing and feedback. The students must meet with these individuals at least twice during the term.

Usually, the project should be medium in scale in size. That means the project is likely to fit on a tabletop. However, we will consider projects with a larger scale. 

Examples of past DTC Projects

In the fall and winter terms, first-year Northwestern Engineering students enrolled in Design Thinking and Communications (DTC) work on projects that make a positive social impact, with a special focus on projects for people with disabilities. In the spring term, first-year students enrolled in DTC work on projects to solve everyday challenges. However, we do encourage you to submit any quarters you are available.

Previous DTC Projects
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