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    Illinois Tech Elevate College Prep: Rapid Prototyping for Pets

    Illinois Tech Elevate College Prep: Rapid Prototyping for Pets


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Day
    • Provided By: College
    • Session Start: June
    • Session Length: One Week
    • Entering Grade: 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: STEM
    • Sub-Categories: STEM
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17
    • Minimum Cost: $500 - $1,499
    • Career Clusters: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
    • Credit Awarded: No
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    Students will learn to use digital fabrication and carpentry tools to develop the next big thing for man’s best friend.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Understand and implement design-thinking process
    • Learning basic CAD and 3D modeling
    • Learn and operate the three major rapid-prototyping tools (3D printer, laser cutter, and CNC router)

    Example Activities:

    • Conduct market research, including surveying pet owners and touring a pet store
    • Ideation, including deciding what is missing from the marketplace and then sketching it out on paper
    • Develop a prototype, including using tools within the Idea Shop to transform each student’s sketch into a built product that will be tested by live animals


    Jason Minter, Idea Shop Manager

    Ling Peng, Idea Shop Assistant Manager

    Michael Koenig, Idea Shop Assistant Manager

    Cost and Session Information

    Cost: $1,000; $100 is due at the time of registration

    Date and Time: June 19–30 (Monday-Friday), 9 a.m.–5 p.m. CST

    Applications are viewed on a rolling basis, and seats in the program are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

    Location: Mies Campus

    Eligibility: Rising 11th–12th graders; must be able to interact with dogs and cats