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Deason Innovation Gym (The DIG)

The Deason Innovation Gym is a student-centered makerspace at SMU. The DIG is filled with both high-tech and common tools and materials. Once oriented, students gain 24/7 access to the space. We welcome all SMU students, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, from across campus. With a little training, students can use the 3-D printers, laser cutter, CNC carving machine, vinyl cutter, and power tools to create objects and complete projects, both personal and for class.

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The Master of Arts in Design and Innovation at SMU provides students an opportunity to learn about a human-centered design process, innovation frameworks, and creative confidence. The professional world is looking for innovation leaders; learning design and innovation skills will provide students with an advantage in industry. Whether you are planning a startup or hoping to revolutionize industry from within, MADI is a great place to start.

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Department of Teaching and Learning, Simmons School of Education and Human Development

Our students are already making many positive changes in their communities. They are educators who challenge ideas and expand minds. Our small class sizes and individual attention allow our students to create lasting relationships with our faculty. Our community outreach programs foster connections between our students and the community. Our emphasis on theory and on research-based practices provides our students with the tools they need to make a difference in the world.

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Stanford University K12 Lab

K12 Lab Network is a catalyst for the national movement to bring design thinking into schools and to help communities think beyond current school models. We empower educators and innovators of many stripes to experiment in order to show that improvement and change are possible.

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Good Shepherd Episcopal School SPARQ

The SPARQ Innovation Center and Maker Space at Good Shepherd Episcopal School in Dallas engages pre-K to eighth-grade students in design thinking and Maker-Based Instruction. SPARQ is “a learning environment rich with possibilities that serves as a gathering point where communities of new and experienced innovators connect to work on real and personally meaningful projects, informed by helpful mentors and expertise, using new technologies to transform ideas into realities.

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