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Design & Prototyping

As the critical actionable component of the school’s Digital Literacy & Design program, the work of human-centered design encourages students to use all the resources at their disposal for problem-solving, research, personal productivity and aspirational creativity. In whole class lessons, small group work, and open studio students are encouraged to innovate, collaborate, prototype and iterate. In addition to direct instruction, Educational Innovation Coordinators support teachers in incorporating design projects into their curriculum, and encourage thoughtful risk-taking and experimentation.

Design and Prototyping takes place across the curriculum and throughout the campus. The Unkefer Spark Studio is a nexus of the program’s activated spaces, as makerspace, innovation lab and collaboration zone. We offer both high- and low-tech materials, including robotic components, 3D printers, programmable electronics and other digital equipment alongside rolling whiteboards, cardboard, tape and hand tools.

Educational Innovation Coordinator Krista Inchausti reveals how the Unkefer Spark Studio is the foundation for a school-wide Digital Literacy & Design program.

Student Projects

The portfolios highlighted below represent a sampling of student design work created over the course of semester-long Art Foundations Digital Design I and II courses during the 2021–22 school year. Students used a variety of software programs on their laptops and iPads, as well as laser cutters and 3D and photo printers, to create their projects.

Digital Design I

Jared L, Digital Design Final Project

Jared Lim
Grade 9

Andy D, Digital Design Final Project

Andy Duong
Grade 9


Digital Design II

Lucy C, Digital Design Final Project

Lucy Corrigan
Grade 10

Allison Y, Digital Design Final Project

Allison Yueh
Grade 10

Catherine F, Digital Design Final Project

Catherine Fox
Grade 10

Student Profile

Amrita | Grade 11

I have benefitted from going to a single-sex school because I feel more confident when speaking in class and expressing my ideas.

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