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    Design Tech High School Innovation Certificate Program


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Online
    • Provided By: Public School
    • Session Start: June
    • Session Length: Five Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: STEM
    • Sub-Categories: Communications, STEM, Entrepreneurship
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17
    • Career Clusters: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
    • Credit Awarded: No
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    IS YOUR HIGH SCHOOLER LOOKING TO MAKE AN IMPACT ON THE WORLD AND GAIN AN EDGE FOR COLLEGE AND CAREER SUCCESS? Design Tech High School's new Innovation Certificate Program can provide just that! Drawing from d.tech's acclaimed design thinking curriculum, created in partnership with Stanford University’s d.school, this fully online program teaches a creative problem-solving process used at top companies worldwide.

    The Innovation Certificate created by Design Tech High School located on the Oracle campus in Silicon Valley (d.tech) is a unique opportunity for participants to earn a specialized credential that represents their ability to apply design thinking skills to real-world challenges with efficacy.

    Created in partnership with Stanford University, d.tech’s design thinking curriculum teaches students how to problem-solve with a methodology used by designers, engineers, entrepreneurs, and social entrepreneurs.

    In the Innovation Certificate program, design thinking helps students think about the future and use their imagination and intelligence to find a way to make the world better. -Experienced educators teach the course with deep knowledge of design thinking and who teach the Innovation Course within d.tech high school’s in -person campus.

    What can I expect my student to learn in this program? -Throughout the summer, students: master design thinking foundations, tackle real-world challenges in a virtual studio, and can opt to complete a summer internship in 2025. At the end of the program, students earn a resume-ready certificate that will help your student stand out!

    This program is a chance for your teen to: Gain workforce ready skills in empathy, ideation, and user-centered design Apply their learning through hands-on individual and collaborative projects Earn a credential that shows colleges and employers their ability to innovate and problem solve Achieve an opportunity for a summer internship in 2025!

    What is the program structure? The summer program is an encompassing five week fully virtual* accelerated program including a Summer Bootcamp and Virtual Design Studio: Summer Bootcamp: a one-week camp over five days (Monday-Friday, 3 hours per day).

    We offer the Bootcamp during three different weeks: June 10 (*9 am - 12 pm PT in-person in Redwood City), June 17 (9 am - 12 pm PT), or June 24 (9 am - 12 pm PT). This course is a prerequisite for the Design Studio.

    Summer Design Studio: a four-week camp that meets twice per week for two hours, kicking off on July 8, 2024. Students can choose to attend on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 am - 11 am PT or Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 pm - 4 pm PT. Students will focus on a project that addresses a significant challenge participants see in their communities.

    Students choose their project topic based on personal interests and appropriate scope. As they work on their projects, students gain hands-on experiences that help them become proficient with innovation mindsets, skills, and responsibilities such as initiative and persistence, project management and collaboration, and storytelling and self-awareness.