MSA PRODUCT DESIGN
This cutting edge, one-of-a-kind program is open to all Novato High School students. Created by teacher Glenn Corey, the innovative program offers courses in all aspects of 21st century design. Its curriculum was created through Mr. Corey’s unique perspective as a past entrepreneur, research scientist, executive, programmer, toy designer and interface designer.
MSA Product Design students work with computer design software to develop their products. They create drawings, models and prototypes of their imagined products and utilize the program’s wealth of electronics and its fully equipped, modern workshop to bring their concepts to completion. Student designers are encouraged to experiment, work through trial and error, and utilize creative solutions as they critique each other’s work to come up with their best project designs. They also learn the value and importance of collaboration in the design process and will team up to complete larger projects.
Students utilize “additive design” techniques as they develop projects from concept to finished product. Contributing positive ideas and solutions as students collaborate on projects is a crucial aspect of the MSA Product Design learning process. Mr. Corey developed the technique for students to build on solutions and improvements in their design process rather than focusing how a design might fail.
Students are given the chance to learn cutting-edge skills to enable them to confidently face the dynamic technological developments of the 21st century. These skills are increasingly acknowledged as essential to work creatively and productively in today’s economy.
Product Design is an exploding career area. These high school classes will enable students to move seamlessly into parallel college majors or directly into the workforce following high school graduation. Students will build these skills in MSA Product Design by going through its four-year curriculum progression.
Introduction to Design Thinking and Tools
UC-g approved elective (applying for UC-d physical science)
Students are introduced to design thinking, collaboration, computer aided design, traditional construction (woodshop), modern construction (3D printer, laser cutter, CNC milling), electronics, software and presentation.
MSA companion class: Foundation Art or Digital Arts 1
UC-g approved elective
Students produce three products of varying complexity and duration. Students use Gantt charts to plan and deliver on milestones based on specific tasks. Students identify areas where they must bolster their skills i.e. programming, tools, etc.
MSA companion class: Computer programming
PRODUCT DESIGN 4
Year-long capstone project
Proposed class currently being written for UC approval
Students spend the entire school year planning, prototyping and testing a complete product that they pitch to industry representatives. Students are mentored by Mr. Corey as well as industry professionals.
PRODUCT DESIGN STUDENT PROJECTS
Students design, construct and connect individual segments of a Rube Goldberg machine.
PRODUCT DESIGN IN ACTION
Student Reid Nikolaieff shows off his ramp design. “I built this little spine/barrier as a final project. This is a video of Tyler and me skating it for the first time,” he says of the video above.
A MODEL FOR INNOVATION IN TEACHING
In 2015, Teacher Glenn Corey was honored by two nationally renowned organizations: he selected as an Outstanding Educator by the California League of High Schools and was one of seven teachers nationwide selected to be Allen Distinguished Educators by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.
Corey was selected as an Allen Distinguished Educator due to his work providing transformational learning opportunities for students while promoting rigorous academics, real-world learning experiences and fostering community engagement.
Corey will work with other Allen Distinguished Educators to spread innovative teaching practices to other schools and districts. Learn more about Allen Distinguished Educators.