Holiday Digital Gift Design

Winter Break – Presented in partnership with UCSD Extension K-12 College Exploration.

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Make the coolest gifts and decorations for the holidays while learning about science and technology!

Build your own blinking LED ornaments, wreaths, menorahs, lanterns, and other festive designs. Create custom tech gifts that you design and keep. Your creations can become decorations for your home, or gifts for your family and friends.

Presented in partnership with UCSD Extension K-12 College Exploration.
Classes will run the week of December 19th -23rd, 2011 – 9:00AM to 3:00PM
$ 195 Fee + $50 Materials Kit

In this class, students will learn about and apply principles related to industrial design, electronics, and fabrication, and will learn to use industry-standard vector editing software such as Adobe Illustrator to create products that will then be cut using CNC (computer-numerically-controlled) equipment.

We will take part in the design and creation process, learning how to draw in 2D with vector editing software, and employ geometry in order to assemble those 2D parts into press-fit 3D structures. The result will be visually stunning 3-dimensional objects. Fab Lab will laser cut these objects, and we will later build and electrify them in class. Students will be engaged in a hands-on process in order to learn about design and production, as well as employ design software, electronics, and related concepts.

By the end of the class, students will have designed and assembled their own LED-illuminated mini Christmas trees, menorahs, and other ornaments that can become a part of their holiday gift creations. This approach to product design and fabrication will result in a unique, professional-looking illuminated objects that students can take home and display.

While the course is fast-paced, it is a fun and hands-on application of learning, and students will be given context and reference materials as well as personal assistance in class. Components and equipment will be provided in class, and students will keep their products.