The cardboard challenge is a project we do at the beginning of IB Design & Technology to get students in the shop, doing design, and working together. We give the students about four weeks to complete the project. The main constraints entail only the use of cardboard to construct a chair that can comfortably hold [...]
I’m not posting blog updates as frequently as I had envisioned. Part of the problem is that the students this year are just super motivated. It’s been a blast! I decided to take a moment to reflect this morning about the year so far. One of the things that always plagues my mind is that [...]
We launched the growIHS project this week in SED. To help kick things off, advisory board member and all around awesome guy, Kurt Sahl/21 acres, came in to bring students up to speed on all things related to growing local. And he brought gourds as prizes – now there’s a guy who knows how to [...]
It may just be coincidence, but likely not. I killed one of our class goldfish. We had five. Now there are four. Was it out of rage? Vengeance? Jealousy? No to all. It’s fate was due to the same thing that kills many well conceived classroom lessons/projects/etc. Poor instructions. I had directed my TA to [...]
I’ve been waiting for the official press release to send the message out through the interweb. I have been selected as one of 7 educators from across the pacific rim/west coast to be part of the first cohort of the Paul Allen Foundation Distinguished Educator program! Brief Background Paul Allen would like to see more students [...]
In a nutshell, this long, long post is my soapbox on how to give our students the tools, knowledge, and creative confidence to be the authors of the next sustainable transportation revolution. Without question, it will require rethinking how we teach math! Winter break can be a great opportunity to really take a step back [...]
IB Design Technology
UPCYCLING: Students design and build new products utilizing commonly trashed items.
Sustainable Engineering & Design
HOPPER: Student teams are challenged to utilize biomimicry to design and build a hopping toy.
Alex wakes at the crack of dawn, without the aid of coffee, and creates behavior-driven products and interactions as the Creative Director of Pensar Development. He has experience designing for clients that range from Fortune 500 companies to bootstrapping startups. Illumagear, Sonosite Ultrasound, Gunnar Optics, Fluke, and Cardiac Science have all benefited from his keen design eye and attention to detail. He graduated from Western Washington University Industrial Design and attended Danmarks Designskole in Copenhagen.
Lauren manages the implementation of regional resource conservation programs for K-12 school districts and commercial offices that focus on both operations and occupant engagement. Her work with our students provides them with industry relevant and engaging experiences in the built environment.
Mark leads a team of energy efficiency engineers that help businesses find ways to save energy at their facilities. He also manages the commercial new construction energy efficiency program, where business and building owners, engineers, architects, and contractors leverage the program to financially support the inclusion of energy efficiency upgrades in new buildings.
Sean is a co-founder of Igor Institute, a Seattle-based product development consultancy, where he works as a mechanical engineer (most of the time). In his day-to-day work, he helps startups (and some big companies) navigate the early stages of product development, providing a mechanical perspective on technical feasibility, product architecture, proof-of-concept testing, and prototype development.