Based on the fundamentals of design and engineering, this course focuses on the playful, but well-considered, use of materials. With opportunities for brainstorming and problem solving, each lesson brings a new design challenge to create art with a purpose for play or prototypes for futuristic contraptions. Participants learn about craftsmanship and proper tool use, and work with materials like wood, recyclables, paper, cardboard, metal, rubber bands, wire, fabric and fiber. As they have fun drawing, experimenting, testing and building, students increase their scientific awareness, gain knowledge of the design process and build upon both two- and three-dimensional design skills.
Students must be age 9–12 to participate.