Mr. Rogers on prototyping

Remember arts and crafts time as a kid? Our parents and teachers didn't care if we ended up with a ball of glue and string, somehow it was still the most amazing thing they'd ever seen. And we didn't care either. Just getting to play and make something was half the fun. 

Unfortunately, as we get older many of use lose that fearless ability to dive into a box of pipe cleaners and construction paper and in search of the next great rocket ship or sail boat. 

One of our favorite parts of designing something new in the Hub is prototyping. You've probably heard us say funny things like make to think and the faster you move your hands, the sooner you find out what works. That's because we love trying to make an idea come to life, even if we end up with a glue ball. 

Lately, we've been thinking a lot about prototyping. The patient gown team is in the midst of rethinking how gowns might close and what kinds of pockets and features they have. That means some folks are picking up a needle and thread for the first time in years; maybe the first time ever. Meanwhile, some of us Hubsters have been working on some models for a new medical devices. We've been teaching ourselves 3D modeling through trial and error. There's a team at Sibley working on our new Mission statement and some other teams prototyping ideas that came out of the Snowzilla snowstorm. Regardless of what we're building, there's often a common theme when it comes to prototyping: the fear of failure

We've all felt a little scared when doing something new. Remember the first time you cooked dinner for someone? What about riding a bike or learning to play a musical instrument? A lot of us feel those same feelings when it comes to drawing an idea, or making a model of it. But here's the twist - the sooner we start trying, the sooner we overcome our fears. And the sooner we start trying, the sooner we get excited about what works. It turns out, we're all wired to enjoy making something new, even if it's a stick figure on a post-it note. 

Prototyping is so important because it helps us and others start to see what our ideas look and feel like. Prototypes give us a chance to get feedback before something is finalized. And best of all, making a prototype of an idea just feels good; it feels like we're accomplishing something. 

 So, this week, if you're feeling a bit scared to take the first step on an idea, take a look at this slide show from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. Fred Rogers had a gift for inspiring kids to be creative and confident and proud of making things. Let's all tap in to that creativity and see what we can make!

The slide show below is from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood you can find information on the specific episode here—if you're reading this in your email, you may want to visit the Sibley Hub Blog to see the slideshow.