Kohl’s Design It! Lab

Design is everywhere and exists in everything we use on a daily basis – from toothbrush to tablet – everything is designed. The Kohl’s Design It! Lab will help your students discover the science of the human body, nature, cultures, and product creation through hands-on, design activities.

Design 101

30 min
Product Creation, Industrial Design

Rapid-fire introduction to the design process and more specifically, how it is used in product development. Challenge students to think differently about the use of materials and introduce them to industrial design tools used in prototyping.

DPI Standards:
Art and Design: C.4.1, C.4.2, D.4.6, E.4.2, E.4.3
Family and Consumer Science: HIF1.g.1.e
Technology and Engineering: ENG1.a.1.e
Helmet Design

45 min
Human Brain, Measurement, Protection

Examine the anatomy of the brain and skull to learn how designers and engineers create helmets for a variety of purposes. Students will learn the physics of the features behind helmet design. Inspired by helmet evolution, students will then create custom-fit design prototypes for future helmets from easily manipulated materials.

DPI Standards:
Art and Design: E.8.2,
Science: C.8.3, H.8.3
Family and Consumer Science: CS1.e.14.m
Technology and Engineering: BB1.e.4.m, ENG2.b.3.m
How Many Books?

90 min
5th Grade+ only
Economics, Anthropometrics, Body Systems

Understand the body’s carrying capacities by designing, creating, and testing a backpack. Students rate the creations of their peers based on performance, aesthetics, and comfort.

DPI Standards:
Art and Design: C.4.8
Common Core Math: 3.MD.7.d, 5.MD.1
Family and Consumer Science: CS1.e.2.e
Technology and Engineering: ENG2.b.2.e
Maps and Topography: Lake Michigan

45 min
Local Geography, Mapping, Biology

Uncover the depths of Lake Michigan by assembling your own bathymetric map. Learn about changes in aquatic species, water quality, and temperature as you descend through the thermoclines.

DPI Standards:
Art and Design: H.4.5
Common Core Math: 5.G.2
Social Studies: A.8.1
Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources: ESS4.b.1.e
Muscles & Structural Tension

45 min
Biology, How Weights are Carried, Architecture

Students will explore the relationship of the musculoskeletal system to architectural methods. Students will create tensegrity models – 3D structures under tension – to better understand this relationship.

DPI Standards:
Art and Design: E.4.4
Technology and Engineering: BB1.f.1.e
Next Generation Science Standards Addressed: 3-PS2-1
Nature’s Hidden Geometry

45 min
Proportion, Patterns, Ratios

Nature uses patterns for building, decorating, and camouflage. Students will explore geometry in nature as they take inspiration from plants and animals to create and design a product to take home.

DPI Standards:
Science: F.4.1, G.4.3
Art and Design Education: C.4.5, C.4.9
Technology and Engineering: BB1.f.1.e
Common Core Math: 4.OA.5
Next Generation Science Standards Addressed: 4-ESS3-2
Physics of Architecture

45 min
Mathematics, Physics, Forces

Explore the forces that constantly affect all architectural designs. Use your knowledge to build and test the strength of a variety of structures.

DPI Standards:
Science: A.8.7, G.8.1, G.8.4, D.12.7, D.12.8
Common Core Math: 7.G.3
Family and Consumer Science: HIF1.3.4.m
Technology and Engineering: 4C1.a.8.h, BB1.f.5.h, AC1.a.12, AC1.b.11.h, ENG4.c.7.h
Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources: PS4.a.7.h
Scale, Ratio, & Design

45 min
Geometry, Proportions

Discover the importance of precise measurement when creating scale models. Students will use ratios and scale models to create products.

DPI Standards:
Common Core Math: B.8.5, D.8.2, D.8.3
Art: , H.8.4, H.8.5
Science: B.8.3, G.8.1
Engineering and Technology: AC1.b.8.m
Symbols & Meaning

45 min
Anthropology, History, Social Studies

Cultures from around the world use symbols to help communicate ideas and beliefs. Students will explore Native American symbols and motifs as well as those they see daily to inspire the creation of their own custom logos.

DPI Standards:
Art and Design: A.4.4, A.4.6, B.4.1, B.4.2, B.4.3, D.4.1
Social Studies: E.4.9, E.4.13, E.4.11
The Human Body & Architecture

45 min
Measurement, Prototype Thinking, Proportion

Understand the human body by designing wearable architecture that is inspired by the structure found within the skeletal system. Make apparel with easily manipulated materials, and learn about human dimensions along the way.

DPI Standards:
Science: F.8.1, G.8.3,
Common Core Math: 6.RP.1, 7.RP.1
Family and Consumer Science: TFA1.c.2.m