Kim Saxe, director of the Innovation Lab at The Nueva School and lecturer at Stanford University, is a long time educator, and former engineer and R&D director. She has been teaching for over 20 years, the last 14 at Nueva. Kim is routinely visited by teams of educators from all over the world who are looking to implement Design Thinking programs in their own countries.
Kim is a pioneer in the field of Design Thinking and Design Engineering in education. She has invented and taught constructivist, project-based curricula across all subject areas in grades K-8. She is able to translate the mindsets and methodologies of Design Thinking, taught to Master's degree students at Stanford, into compelling and broadening experiences for younger students.
Kim directs the Design Thinking, Design Engineering, and Entrepreneurship programs at Nueva. She continually re-invents Nueva's inspiring and ever-changing 4,000 sq. ft. Innovation Lab, which was designed in partnership with Stanford's Institute of Design (d.school). She also oversees the school's award-winning, competitive robotics and Tech Challenge teams. Kim has created and piloted a student engineering curriculum that is now taught to all 4th-6th grade students at Nueva.
Kim has run many workshops for teachers, administrators, and adults on Design Thinking and curriculum development, both at Nueva and at Stanford's d.school. She has also taught special courses for a venture capital firm and an interior decorating firm. Additionally, she regularly speaks at conferences, such as the NAIS Annual Conference, the Maker's Faire, and Nueva Innovative Learning Conference. She was one of four speakers invited to present at a Design Thinking Conference in Singapore. She is passionate about Design Thinking and how it can truly transform people's lives, and thus the world.