Our Product Innovation & Design Pathway is a combination of Manufacturing & Product Development, Arts, Building Trades & Construction, and is fully integrated across STEAM subjects. By creating “real world” projects with local businesses we’ve given students a better understanding of how the world works, this has led to our curriculum being adopted by several community and state colleges and 40 other high schools across the country.
I take students’ creativity and then teach them the necessary skills. Students learn how to work, design, and collaborate with real skills. So when the students are done with my class, not only can they think creatively and critically. They learn collaboration and teamwork, how 3D printers and three-dimensional spaces work — and most importantly how their ideas can be carried out.
Whatever is around our students is worthy of exploration. Look around them, their classrooms, their smartphone, their router, their lights or lamps, their tables, their mouse. Everything was designed by an industrial designer or product designer, everything went through the design thinking process in some sort of way. Having 3D printing accessible during this process is pivotal because you can then get ideas out faster, work them out, and develop them into products.