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College of Design

Highlands Design Camp, June 11-13, 2008

The Design Camp will not be held during the summer of 2009.  We anticipate a return of the program during the summer of 2010.

The DI's Design Camp for Teens was the pedagogical model for this collaboration between Edina Highlands Elementary School and the Design Institute. Students in the first to fifth grades and their teachers jointly created a lemonade stand, including all aspects of its design, from architecture to graphics to product development -- concocting new lemonade recipes entitled "Crawler," "Slurper," and "Sizzler." The teachers also learned about design, spending the afternoons creating lesson plans to integrate design into their core curricula. Instructors included Scott Christensen, Designworks product design, Daniel Jasper (Graphic Design), Bruce Wright (Design Minor Fellow), and Cheryl Wilgren Clyne (Art).

Highlands Design Camp was produced by the Design Institute's "Parallel Play" project team, led by Wendy Friedmeyer (Design Institute) and John Comazz (Architecture).

Design Camp

The Design Institute has hosted an annual summer Design Camp for teens since it's inception in 2002, with generous support from Target. As of 2008, the program is on hiatus.

Since its first year, nearly 500 teens have participated in this lively program, in which they gain hands-on experience of design for everyday life activities, choosing one of six different workshops. Taught by guest instructors in teams that pair leading local and international designers with University of Minnesota faculty, Design Camp introduces students to the varied career choices available in the wide field of design.

Watch the DESIGN CAMP 2003 Video!!!

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