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The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Product Design Academy

On CampusAge Range 15-18Course Time Morning, Afternoon EST

This three-week hands-on program is designed for rising high school juniors and seniors to research, brainstorm, prototype, and design a new to the world product through the lens of the Design Thinking process. Students will gain technical prototyping skills. Students will also be introduced to entrepreneurial concepts on how to launch their idea and create a business around their product. Throughout the program, students will utilize the Design Thinking process to conduct user research to develop ideas for new to the world products – there is no requirement to already have an idea for a product in mind. Students will then work in teams around promising ideas to further develop and prototype the ideas into products as the keystone project for this course. In parallel, students will work on a series of individual prototyping skills building exercises and mini-projects to learn CAD design to utilize laser cutting and 3D printing services. 

Discover more about this program on theWharton website.

Who Should Take This Course? Rising junior and senior high school students with a genuine interest in designing and fabricating a new to marker product.
Highlights Gain technical prototyping skills through the use of fabrication technologies. Challenge assumptions by identifying and redefining problems in order to create innovative solutions. Conduct user research to aid in developing new products. Create physical prototypes that test and validate ideas. Learn CAD design and human-centered design solutions.
Courses & Academies Product Design Academy is an all-day, intensive three-week summer program. Classes run from 9 AM – 5 PM. Students will receive a certificate of completion from Wharton at the end of the program.
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