Design and Invention

AGES 12–18

Hacking everyday objects and creating new custom modifications is at the heart of the “Maker Movement,” which continues to gain popularity around the world. The resources and ideas surrounding do-it-yourself technology projects have never been more accessible. Students in this course make use of Ross Innovation Lab’s 3D fabrication and design tools—including 3D printers, scanners, and computerized milling machines—to design technical solutions and new products of their own invention. They develop new skills using both digital design tools and real-world manufacturing and machine tools. They also take the lead on a number of ongoing Innovation Lab student projects, including autonomous drones, remote-controlled submarines, and robotic rovers. Students create and program their own electronic devices, robots, and inventions using the Arduino microcontroller platform and other similar devices, studying the ways that new technologies are democratizing the process of invention and design.

Facilities and Requirements


Innovation Lab students have access to a variety of campus facilities designed for active learning and exploration. Dedicated laboratories and workshops, technologically equipped classrooms, and collaborative virtual environments provide students with access to spaces in which to innovate and grow. Facilities include the following:

  • State-of-the art laboratory and equipment

  • Advanced fabrication tools, including 3D printers, 3D scanners, and a computerized milling machine

  • Sophisticated video-editing and music production studios

Courses in this program are designed for students with the following English proficiency:

  • Reading at grade level in English (at least 850 on TOEFL Jr or 85 on TOEFL test)

  • Speaking about science and other academic subjects with ease