Play & The Design Cycle


We live in an exponentially changing & challenging world - one which demands creativity and innovation to solve the problems we face.

Unfortunately, creativity & innovation are not a valued learning objective in most schools today. Today's classroom teachers have fewer and fewer opportunities and resources to teach critical 21st-century skills and attitudes, like critical thinking, problem-solving, resourcefulness, perseverance, teamwork & grit.

Our goal at Professor Qwbli's is to support schools, teachers and parents in helping kids develop the cognitive, social, emotional and life skills needed to become successful adults. 

To that end, we use screen-free PLAY and the Design Cycle to empower & inspire kids to be tomorrow's entrepreneurs, innovators and change makers - those who help solve the world’s problems. 

The Design Cycle represents a template for critical thinking, readily transferable to almost any other problem-solving challenge kids are likely to face in their world.

Using play to learn, understand and experience the Design Cycle requires kids to draw on various ways of thinking & learning. It allows kids to feel safe to explore and take risks. It helps them to make connections to ideas and concepts in the larger world around them. Embedded in the Design Cycle, kids exercise, as well as develop, build and strengthen their imagination, communication skills and their artistic or creative faculties. It also strengthens their self-esteem and particularly, their self-worth as they come to understand that their contributions to the process and ultimately to the world are valuable and worthy.

But perhaps most importantly, using play to teach the Design Cycle develops patience with failure.

We want our kids to fail. In fact, we want them to fail over and over again. Through the process of failure, kids develop perseverance, grit, a better understanding of the Design Cycle, as well as the world around them. They make connections to prior knowledge. They learn how to communicate effectively and learn how to leverage prior decisions and what they learned from those decisions to find lasting solutions.


Professor Qwbli's Summer Camp curriculum was developed around the idea of using play and the Design Cycle to take full advantage of everything summer in Northern Michigan has to offer. From Design Challenges to structured and unstructured play, our campers use their imaginations to dream, take chances, and create the things they imagine… these are the skills of entrepreneurs, innovators and change makers.