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Eighth-grade student Elliot Irving loves to yo-yo. This past summer Elliot took the hobby a step further and decided to design his very own unresponsive yo-yo. "[It's] a yo-yo meant for tricks," says Elliot, "and it doesn't come up when you tug on it. It requires a bind to come up."
On a road trip to Washington, Elliot's family took a detour and stopped in Eugene, Oregon to visit a yo-yo company called One Drop.
I got a tour of their manufacturing facility and they explained how all the machines worked and what the process was. When I told them that I had designed my own yo-yo, they were thrilled. They helped me make some tweaks, such as widening areas, replacing bearing seats, etc. It was awesome.
When asked about the toy he designed, Elliott says, "it is usable, but very limited to tricks. It can spin for about 9 seconds and it is responsive because of the slightly abrasive plastic. I am really happy with the shape I designed as I had no idea what it would feel like in hand. The next step is to machine it out of aluminum!"
About the Design Lab & Design Tech CoursesThe Design Lab is a collaborative learning environment where conceptual thinking and brainstorming happen. The room is equipped with state-of-the art design and engineering tools and software, including:
- 3D printer
- 3D digitizer
- Laser cutter
- Foam cutter
- Auto Cad
- 3DS Max
- Sketch up
- Power tools
Design Tech courses are taught in 9th grade, 10th grade and as an introductory course in 8th grade. The Design Tech curriculum is a design process and project-based learning program that provides students with a lively, collaborative and dynamic environment in which they are required to push their experimentation beyond the visual and think outside the box.