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Pet Project: Designing & Prototyping for Animals in Need


  • Georgia Institute of Technology College of Design 245 4th Street Northwest Atlanta, GA, 30313 United States (map)

Pet Project: Designing and Prototyping for Animals in Need

For young designers ages 11-14

This is a week long camp that runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. This camp is being held at Georgia Tech's College of Design, 245 4th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30332

Lend a helping paw this summer. Imagine being able to design, build, and test an assistive device to help animals with either missing or non-functional limbs.

In this camp, participants will learn how to utilize three different computer-aided design programs: Tinkercad, Sketchup, and Autodesk Inventor Fusion. They will compare and contrast each of these programs to determine which program is best used for each design challenge, which will gradually become more difficult until campers tackle the final challenge of either re-designing an existing assistive device for animals or designing from scratch an assistive device for animals. Initial design challenges may range from designing a piece of jewelry to designing a building.

Each of their designs will be prototyped using either 3D printing or CNC routing and tested to determine which design best fits the scope of the design challenge. This process will introduce campers to design thinking and to the engineering design process. Students will see the importance of how science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics all play a crucial part to a highly functional and engaging product.

Initial challenges will emphasize individual work with opportunities to share feedback, brainstorm, and collaborate in a large group setting. As campers build their CAD skills, they will team up to tackle more complex challenges.

Campers will present their work to their parents, their families, and Georgia Tech subject experts throughout the week.

Campers will:

  • Develop skills in Computer Aided Design (CAD)

  • Discern which type of CAD program is best suited for a specific challenge

  • Use a CAD program to create simple solids and complex figures.

  • Be introduced to multiple levels of 3D printing

  • Test the structural integrity of their designs

  • Build empathy through improving the quality of life of animals

  • Develop design and engineering skills

  • Build skills to improve collaboration in teams

  • Develop and exhibit creativity and innovation through their respective designs

About this campMODA Instructor, Karl Hwang:

Karl is a locally grown recycled engineer. Karl attended a metro-Atlanta high school, Henderson High School, then went on to pursue a Bachelors of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech. After working for a small startup as an Environmental Engineer, he was inspired to teach through experiences working as a tutor and as a teacher overseas in Taipei, Taiwan, and Shanghai, China. Karl came back from Shanghai to study at the University of Georgia. He went on to pursue a Masters of Math Education.Karl is passionate about using engineering design principles, technology, and interdisciplinary connections in the classroom.

Karl’s love of technology, science, and mathematics has helped him lead the maker movement at Lovett. His background in engineering and design has helped him answer the question of“where can we use this?” in his math classes. Karl firmly believes in helping students reach their potential by pushing them to think outside the box and to use engineering principles to solve problems. He is currently oversees the engineering, math, and technology curriculum at Lab Atlanta.

MODA Members: $445 / Non-Members: $495

Please note: Camp member discounts apply only to MODA Family Membership levels and above.

Exemption Notice:

This program is not licensed by Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning and is not required to be licensed. Bright from the Start does not regulate or routinely inspect this program.

For additional information, go to www.decal.ga.gov or call 404.657.556

Please note: Based on demand, all programs may not be available all weeks. Should the program you request not meet a minimum enrollment, you will be contacted at least a month before your camp session. Should campMODA need a food allergy action plan for your camper, please contact the camp administrator by calling 404.856.5962 or emailing campMODA@museumofdesign.org.

Campers with learning differences and behavioral needs are welcome at campMODA! We do ask that you please call Blair Banks at 404.979.6455 so that we can have a conversation and discuss your camper’s unique potential, and how to best celebrate their strengths and accommodate their challenges.

Based on demand, campMODA sessions may not be available all weeks. Should the camp you request not meet a minimum enrollment, you will be contacted at least a month before your camp session. Once campMODA confirms your camper's enrollment:

  • Registrations that are cancelled 2 weeks prior to the start of the session will result in a refund of the amount paid minus the $100 non-refundable registration fee (Amount paid - $100 non-refundable registration fee = Refund).
  • No refunds will be available for cancellations less than 2 weeks prior to the start of the session. 
  • If you have any last minute emergencies, do not hesitate to contact MODA's Education Coordinator, Blair Banks at bbanks@museumofdesign.org or 404.979.6455 so that we can discuss the best options for you and your camper.