The Art & Design Thinking Camp is a youth summer adventure in making and imagining. This project-based camp engages students in exploring design thinking processes, visual art and digital tools. Students will work collaboratively in teams as they explore various art projects using 3D modeling tools, as well as a variety of fun and surprising physical materials. Students will document their own learning, discovery and synthesis of design thinking.

The program includes projects that introduce students to design thinking skills, enhancing their presentation, collaboration, math skills, and computer literacy.
On the last day of each week there is a Student Showcase where student work is presented to family members, design professionals, artists, and supporting organization staff to view and provide comments/critique

Incoming 6th graders to outgoing 8th graders are welcome to apply.
Sign up here:
Camper Registration Form 

Camp Dates: June 30th to August 8th, 2014 (no camp on 4th of July)
Time:  8:30am to 3pm. Lunch and snacks provided to students on the Alum Rock School District's free/reduced meal plan.
Location:  Renaissance at Mathson, 2050 Kammerer Ave, San Jose CA 95116

Student Camp Flyer
This camp is supported in part by a Donor Circle for the Arts Grant from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, a Take pART grant from the City of San Jose and a Safe Summer Initiative Grant from the City of San Jose. A special thanks to the Krause Center for Innovation for the loan of 16 HP Stylus Laptop Computers. We are in the process of securing the additional funds and in kind donations to support the camp. If you are interested in supporting, please visit the AREF website to donate: http://www.alumrockef.org/arts.php 

We are excited to be including 3D printing in this camp. Sample 3D printing workshops conducted by our lead instructor can be seen here: A Serving of Shapes photos from library workshop and 3D chess pieces.
The second half of each day is Tinker Time, a block of time for the campers to explore what they choose. They can delve into bot creation, sewing circuitry, CAD design, 3D printing, and gaming design in Scratch, to name a few. A variety of resources, tools and materials will be available to them in this self-directed exploratory time. Some of the software tools we will be using are: Scratch, SketchUp, Sculptris, Inkscape, Audacity, Movie Maker, Repper, and Tinkercad. Included in the tools accessible will be MakeyMakey and LittleBits.

We will incorporate Design Thinking and Maker Journals in this camp. (The printing of the Maker Journals is courtesy of Mentor Graphics)

For more information contact: Corinne Takara  corinne@okadadesign.com   
Kim Mesa, President of the Alum Rock Educational Foundation: AlumRockEF@gmail.com
Here is a link to last year's pilot program camp.