Welcome to AP2EX

Achievement in Product & Process Excellence

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AP2EX Background:

AP2EX stands for "Achievement in Product & Process Excellence." It was launched in 2017-18 as a pilot program and recognition. 67 students originally signed up to participate and 26 students were recognized for their achievement. AP2EX was launched in part to bridge the gap between being a “design school” that is based on the process of Design Thinking, while facing the pressures of a public audience by delivering a quality product. AP2EX is the recognition by our school of having become a true designer.

AP2EX Purpose:

The purpose of AP2EX is to recognize students who are able to effectively utilize the framework of Design Thinking and the basic elements of product design to create a physical solution to meet a real user’s needs. Students will document evidence of their work as a true designer as they prepare to leave VIDA for high school.

AP2EX Overview:

  • AP2EX is not an “Artist” award. It is a designer recognition. It is for students with all different backgrounds and interests to be able demonstrate mastery of skills for both process & product.

  • While the process of Design Thinking is integrated throughout the student experience at VIDA, depending on course selections, students may not explicitly receive specific instruction in basic product design principles to create a beautiful product (when a physical prototype is called for).

  • This is a true exemplar of Personalized Learning in the following ways:

      • Students have voice and choice in creating their own Design Challenge,

      • The Challenge can be co-created with Faculty as much or as little as needed/wanted by a student

      • Students deepen their learning through social construction with the Dimensions of Product Design, and through the entire Design Challenge experience.

      • Self-Discovery takes place in the reflective aspect for the Design Defense.

  • This is a voluntary opportunity for students to complete independently. Faculty support is available for students. Students will design for a specific user.

  • Students who successfully complete this opportunity will be recognized at the end of the year. Students will receive a specialized VIDA Kukui Shells that they are encouraged to wear as part of 8th Grade Promotion.

  • All 8th Grade students are eligible to participate.

  • The Dimensions of Product Design @ VIDA include (CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS):

      1. Tools 4. Technical Skill

      2. Precision 5. Materials

      3. User Experience 6. Digital Fabrication


Quotes from Design Defenses:

“Work hard, experiment, expect mistakes.”

“It’s all about the process, not a perfect first try.”

“You don’t have to be big, to do big.”

“When I put my mind to it, I can make great change.”


“I look at opportunity, I grab it, I pull it close.”

“Maybe I don’t know what I always think I know.”

“When I put my mind to something, I know I will finish and disregard that little voice in my head that tells me otherwise.”

Alumni Project Titles


Mother’s Gift

The Mag Pad

Penguin Arm Flippers

Rise N’ Shine

The Crutch Caddy

Musical Mentors

Brace Tek

Love, Your Lunch

The Last Scoop

Project: Found

Food Us


The Mad Strap

Bob the Octopus

Streamlining VIDA Traffic

Plastic Pollution

Bright Way

Glass On

Project HOPPE: Helping Others Prevent Prevail Emptiness

The Holder Pics


Tutoring Anonymous

Doggy Drool Tool


Need a Hand

Xena's Weighted Bowls

Magnet Based Energy

Pandemic Promotion Experience

Breaking the Chain

Ageing Out

Yewiha Zafu (The Water Tree in Amharic. The Native language of Ethiopia, where my problem takes place)

Essential Scents

Making Sense of Sensory

Remember When...

Reinventing the Wheel...Literally

The Fairest of Them All

Anti Bully Button


Hot Pockets

Racism = Unfairism

The Listening Ear

Mellow Mutt Calming Cookies


Sleepy Heads

Past, present, future

The World Reused

Soul Sandwiches

Virtual Staff Introductions

Fun, Fun!

Situations of Today, to The Past

Help our Warriors (homeless veterans)

Fostering Independence

Homemade Delights by Alyssa

Lagniappe Limb Buddy

Optic Menus

"Catch The Z" Zone


The Pathfinder

Puppy Prison Play Pal

Honest Farms

Step It Up

Redesigning Kindness

Trucco Reality

Extra Eyes: Saves Lives

Thoughtful Products

Buddy Program