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MSA PRODUCT DESIGN

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

MSA Product Design will not be available as an option for incoming 9th grade students in 2018-19 because Novato High School does not have adequate facilities to house all of the programs that require be use of its Design Center. Novato High School will offer Physics of Making Things as a standalone class, which includes similar elements to Product Design.

The NBI program is 70 percent project based learning (PBL) and utilizes the design thinking process in project development. Please visit the NBI website if you would like more information on NBI program.

While NBI is a project-based learning program, it is not replacing or incorporating the Product Design program currently offered through MSA. Product Design will continue to be offered to students who have enrolled in the program prior to 2018-19 for as long as there are adequate facilities to support it.

What is Product Design?

Created by teacher Glenn Corey, the innovative program offers courses in all aspects of 21st century design. Its curriculum was created through Mr. Corey’s unique perspective as a past entrepreneur, research scientist, executive, programmer, toy designer and interface designer.

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THE PROCESS

MSA Product Design students work with computer design software to develop their products. They create drawings, models and prototypes of their imagined products and utilize the program’s wealth of electronics and its fully equipped, modern workshop to bring their concepts to completion. Student designers are encouraged to experiment, work through trial and error, and utilize creative solutions as they critique each other’s work to come up with their best project designs. They also learn the value and importance of collaboration in the design process and will team up to complete larger projects.

Mr. Corey (lright) works with a student on a Rube Goldberg Machine construction.

Mr. Corey (lright) works with a student on a Rube Goldberg Machine construction.

Students utilize “additive design” techniques as they develop projects from concept to finished product. Contributing positive ideas and solutions as students collaborate on projects is a crucial aspect of the MSA Product Design learning process. Mr. Corey developed the technique for students to build on solutions and improvements in their design process rather than focusing how a design might fail.

Students are given the chance to learn cutting-edge skills to enable them to confidently face the dynamic technological developments of the 21st century. These skills are increasingly acknowledged as essential to work creatively and productively in today’s economy.

Product Design is an exploding career area. These high school classes will enable students to move seamlessly into parallel college majors or directly into the workforce following high school graduation. Students will build these skills in MSA Product Design by going through its four-year curriculum progression.

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

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Introduction to Design Thinking and Tools
UC-g approved elective (applying for UC-d physical science)

Students are introduced to design thinking, collaboration, computer aided design, traditional construction (woodshop), modern construction (3D printer, laser cutter, CNC milling), electronics, software and presentation.
MSA companion class: Foundation Art or Digital Arts 1

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Project Planning

UC-g approved elective

Students produce three products of varying complexity and duration. Students use Gantt charts to plan and deliver on milestones based on specific tasks. Students identify areas where they must bolster their skills i.e. programming, tools, etc.

MSA companion class: Computer programming

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Year-long internship, UC Berkeley
Proposed class currently being written for UC approval

Students participate in a year-long internship in conjunction with business and universities. Students have access to all the tools in the design center and are mentored by Mr. Corey.

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Year-long capstone project
Proposed class currently being written for UC approval
Students spend the entire school year planning, prototyping and testing a complete product that they pitch to industry representatives. Students are mentored by Mr. Corey as well as industry professionals.

PRODUCT DESIGN STUDENT PROJECTS

COLLABORATIVE DESIGN

Students design, construct and connect individual segments of a Rube Goldberg machine.

PRODUCT DESIGN IN ACTION

Student Reid Nikolaieff shows off his ramp design. “I built this little spine/barrier as a final project. This is a video of Tyler and me skating it for the first time,” he says of the video above.

A MODEL FOR INNOVATION IN TEACHING

In 2015, Teacher Glenn Corey was honored by two nationally renowned organizations: he selected as an Outstanding Educator by the California League of High Schools and was one of seven teachers nationwide selected to be Allen Distinguished Educators by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.

Corey was selected as an Allen Distinguished Educator due to his work providing transformational learning opportunities for students while promoting rigorous academics, real-world learning experiences and fostering community engagement.

Corey will work with other Allen Distinguished Educators to spread innovative teaching practices to other schools and districts. Learn more about Allen Distinguished Educators.