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am I teaching?

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 [...]


real presenters bring gourds

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 [...]


SED opportunities

There is so much going on outside the classroom related to what we are doing! As promised, here’s more detailed information on a few of the biggies I’ve mentioned in class recently. See below the following tabs for details on each. Be sure to post a comment or see me in class if you have [...]

The following projects are happening in class now. For a list of all projects, click here.

IB Design Technology

Project - Lighting Design

Overview - Students are designing various forms of lighting.

Outside resources utilized:

Sustainable Engineering & Design

Project - Green Home Renovation

Overview - Student teams are challenged to flip a home and put it on the market as a green home.

Industry Partners -  The following entities are helping make the project a real-world experience:

Alex Diener

Pensar Development

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 Fruge


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 Lenssen

Puget Sound Energy

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 McBeath

Igor Institute

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.