Design Lab

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Students will craft their innovation skills through participation in a four-year design-thinking course that will prepare our graduates for the next generation of challenges.  Students learn design thinking, prototyping, project management, and entrepreneurial skills with low-tech materials, such as cardboard and foil, as well as high-tech tools in the fabrication lab: 3D printers, laser cutters, routers, and programming tools.

This approach was conceptualized by the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford - also known as 'the d.school'. First year, students take a course called Foundations in Design Thinking to learn the elements of design thinking, and apply them to design challenges.  In subsequent years, students are encouraged to identify and address problems in their community. d.tech teachers mentor student groups, connecting them to experts and users who can help them develop their ideas. Students present and pitch their design work in a variety of contexts, including Oracle Open World.