Design Academy Enrollment Now Open!

Design Academy Enrollment Now Open!

Design Academy Enrollment Now Open!

Digital Design & Fabrication

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This year-long course consists of 33 fully online hybrid classes (alternating virtually and asynchronously).

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User-centered design principles, methods, and techniques will be learned and applied to the design of a personal product. With guidance, product components and features will be designed to perform the required functionality while meeting the end user’s needs. The engineering design process, ideation sketches, and rapid prototypes will be our tools to illustrate the new product’s design development.

Age: 12 - 17yrs
11 Sessions

Fall Quarter 2021 - 2022
Mondays
September 13, 2021 - November 22, 2021
10:00am - 11:30am PST

Monday, 6 July 2020:10-11am PDT (5-6pmGMT)
Tuesday, 7 July 2020:10-11am PDT (5-6pmGMT)
Wednesday, 8 July 2020:10-11am PDT (5-6pmGMT)
Thursday, 9 July 2020:10-11am PDT (5-6pmGMT)

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During the product realization phase, we will introduce digital design tools and computer-controlled manufacturing processes with the goal of understanding how they are used in realizing the mechanical design and fabrication of the product. We will go through an iterative process to refine the prototype as we visualize relationships between components, appearance, functionality and integration of electronics to enhance key features of our product.

Age: 12 - 17yrs
11 Sessions

Winter Quarter 2021 - 2022
Mondays
December 6, 2021 - February 28, 2022
10:00am - 11:30am PST

Monday, 13 July 2020: 10-11am PDT (5-6pmGMT)
Tuesday, 14 July 2020 :10-11am PDT (5-6pmGMT)
Wednesday,15 July 2020:10-11amPDT (5-6pmGMT)
Thursday, 16 July 2020:10-11am PDT (5-6pmGMT)

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In our last phase of product development, we will evaluate the product’s usability, operation, effectiveness, convenience, and safety. We will learn the principles of writing a formal business plan in order to understand how our product creates and delivers value. Additionally, we will document the design development along with specifications, engineering drawings, and technical illustrations resulting in a personal technical portfolio.

Age: 12 - 17yrs
11 Sessions

Spring Quarter 2021 - 2022
Mondays
March 7, 2022 - May 23, 2022
10:00am - 11:30am PST

Monday, 20 July 2020 :10-11am PDT (5-6pmGMT)
Tuesday, 21 July 2020 :10-11am PDT (5-6pmGMT)
Wednesday,22 July 2020:10-11amPDT (5-6pmGMT)
Thursday, 23 July 2020 :10-11am PDT (5-6pmGMT)

Engineering Expeditions

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The adventure begins after a summer in pristine Caribbean beaches when four siblings join their parents in the Middle East for the expedition of their lives! Their survival depends on applying their engineering skills and their understanding of thousand-year-old technologies that are evermore relevant.

S.T.E.A.M. topics include architecture, construction technology, diffusion, thermal mass, mechanical advantage, work, levers, gears, basic geometry, and normal distribution. Cultural heritage and exceptional inventors will be highlighted. Students will then apply these concepts in design challenges.

Age: 8 - 13yrs
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Dates and times to be determined,
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Monday, 6 July 2020:10-11am PDT (5-6pmGMT)
Tuesday, 7 July 2020:10-11am PDT (5-6pmGMT)
Wednesday, 8 July 2020:10-11am PDT (5-6pmGMT)
Thursday, 9 July 2020:10-11am PDT (5-6pmGMT)

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On their first adventure, the four explorers had discovered many treasures and gadgets. Their heads were bursting with new design ideas. Yet, there was one key feature they had not found, running water or a plumbing system. How could they possibly survive without water? How could they meet this most pressing need?

S.T.E.A.M. topics include hydrology, dehydration, water collection, water distribution systems, flow regulation, chemical reactions, friction, incline plane, velocity, acceleration, equilibrium, center of mass, gravity, torque, paper manufacturing, number sequences, and Pascal triangle. Students will then apply these concepts in design challenges.

Age: 8 - 13yrs
Dates & Times:

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Who in their right mind wouldn't want to be rescued from a vast and desolate desert? On the other hand, who would want to leave behind the rich discoveries made without first understanding them? Especially when they are sure many discoveries are awaiting them. The explorers have a tough decision to make.

S.T.E.A.M. topics include optics, light, mirrors, lenses, principles of ophthalmology, mirages, passive cooling, the scientific method, graph theory, patterns, geometry, weaving, pottery, and glazing techniques. Students will then apply these concepts in design challenges.

Age: 8 - 13yrs
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Take part in the adventures of four ingenious siblings traveling around the world
from their little island in the Caribbean to the exotic Middle East and beyond.
They're on a quest to become great technology pioneers of the future.

Maker

Hands on building and experimentation is my passion!

architect

I use creativity
to improve life with new creations!

Engineer

I love exploring engineering to ideate something that doesn't yet exist!

Mathematician

Mathematics helps me discover new solutions!

We love creating, making, building and inventing!
On our travels we unlock mysteries of the past to help shape the future with new inventions.
Let's explore together some of the most intriguing historical inventions that have influenced
technologies of our modern world.

With us you will:

Reengineer age old inventions!

Understand S.T.E.A.M. through hands-on building!

Reverse engineer!

Build on concepts learnt!

Learn from extraordinary innovators!

Explore world cultures!

Challenge your inner innovator!

Design your own original inventions!