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3D-printed octopus (decorative)

About the Design Lab

The Design Lab is an open space available to the instructional technology and learning sciences community to explore emerging ideas in technology, design, and creativity for education and training. 

Come design, play, and collaborate around tools such as 3-printers, an embroidery machine, a laser cutter, and video games. Explore how these can be used to support learners in diverse settings.

There are recurring activities in the design lab that everyone is welcome to attend. See the calendar for details.

The design lab is located in room 270 in the Emma Eccles Jones Education Building at Utah State University.

Aubrey Rogowski, an Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences (ITLS) student, serves as our Design Lab Manager this semester. If you have any ideas, questions, or needs in the design lab, please refer to her via email.


Learn To Use the Laser Cutter

This laser cutter basic tutorial website features tips and tricks needed to learn to use the laser cuttter, and to stay safe.

The videos on the website are intended to be followed along on a separate screen while you perform the actions that we model. Please use two computers, one for the tutorial and one you operate the software on. You may try a tablet to run the videos, but a computer would be ideal. The videos have been broken down to make it easier to review a skill that needs a bit more practice.

The Full Spectrum Hobby Laser Tutorial was developed by Ryan Cain and Kevin Lawanto, braduate students in the Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences Department at Utah State University. They created the material as a culminating project for ITLS 6350.

Dr. Yanghee Kim taught ITLS 6300 at the time Cain and Lawanto took the class. Dr. Victor Lee made the Computational Craft Lab available for the project and Thomas Amely taught them how to use the laser cutter.

Start here and follow the instructions.

Design Thinking in Educational Settings

The Design Thinking in Schools website is a worldwide directory of schools and programs that are using design thinking as part of the k12 curriculum. According to their website, "Design thinking is a powerful way for today’s students to learn, and it’s being implemented by educators all around the world."

Design Thinking in Schools

The Design Thinking for Educators website offers a toolkit for educators that instructs on how to use design thinking in the classroom. From their perspective, design thinking is "creative process that helps you design meaningful solutions in the classroom, at your school, and in your community."

Design Thinking for Educators