Mobile Lab Workshops at Your School


Kohl’s Design It! Mobile Lab workshops come directly to your school and add a unique experience and enhancement to your curriculum. From science to communication nearly any subject can be taught through these hands-on design experiences.

For questions about Workshop content and activities, or to register today, call 414.765.8625.

 

Design 101
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. Use this experience as a  jumping-off or culminating activity for units on measurement, body systems, economics, design and many more.
3rd-5th, 8th-12th Grade |20 - 30 minutes

Symbols & Meaning
Anthropology, History
Cultures from around the world use symbols to help communicate ideas and beliefs. Your students will explore symbols and motifs in regional Native American culture as they create a new product. Examine the history of making things by examining items – from shoes to shelter – of today and the past. Use this experience to enhance units on biology, social studies, and history.
3rd-5th Grade 45 minutes

Nature’s Strongest Shapes 
Biology, Botany, Natural Forms
Discover what engineers and designers can learn by studying bones, trees, and bees. Investigate the ways in which Nature uses shapes to make weak materials strong. Create your own strong shapes and put them to the test; use this knowledge to design a product based on mimicking Nature.
3rd-8th Grade | 45 minutes

Muscles and Structural Tension
Biology, How Weights are Carried, Architecture
Explore the relationship of ,muscle to bone using architecture. Students will create tensegrity models – unique ED structures under tension – and examine tensegrity structures in Nature and architecture to better understand the skeletal-muscular system. Use this hands-on class to enhance units in anatomy, mathematics, and physics.
3rd – 5th Grade 45 minutes

Bones to Buildings
Skeletal System, Physics, Architecture
Understand the skeletal system by exploring the parallels between the human body and architectural design. Students will design, build, and test structures made of easily-manipulated materials as they study how bones form and grow in the human body. This experience enhances units on physics, mathematics, anatomy, architecture, and more.
5th – 8th Grade | 45 minutes

Nature’s Hidden Geometry
Proportion, Patterns, Biology
Teach geometry and ratios by revealing how Natures uses patterns for building, decorating, and camouflage. Let your students explore geometry in Nature as they take inspiration from plants and insects to design a product to take home. Ties in well with geometry, ratios, and biology.
3rd – 8th Grade | 45 minutes

Maps & Topography
Geography, Mapping, Biology
From water quality to temperature, uncover the depths of Lake Michigan by creating your own topographic map.  Discover which aquatic species live at each thermocline as you construct this teaching too layer by layer. This experience enhances units on geography, biology, mathematic applications, and social studies.
3rd-8th Grade | 45 minutes

How Many Books
Skeletal/ Muscular Systems, Body in Motion
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. Use this experience as a  jumping-off or culminating activity for units on measurement, body systems, economics, design and many more.
3rd – 8th Grade | 90 minutes

Scale, Ratio, and Design
Geometry, Proportions
Discover the importance of precise measurement and accurate information as it pertains to product design and architecture. Students learn how scale models are created  using ratios and how this informations is used to create products and spaces that fit the human body.
3rd – 8th Grade | 45 minutes

The Physics of Architecture
Mathematics, Physics, Architecture
Enhance lessons on physics and mathematics by studying structures in architecture  Students are challenged to create and carry out experiments to test the strength of these forms and learn where they are utilized in architectural design.
6th-12th Grade 
| 45 minutes

Helmet Design
Human Brain, Senses, Measurement, Protection
Examine the anatomy of the brain and skull and learn how designers and engineers create protective gear. Students create custom-fit design prototypes for future helmets from easily-manipulated materials and utilize industrial, vacuum-forming technology. An excellent activity to stress measurement, design, real-world mathematics applications, the skeletal or nervous system, and more.
6th – 12th Grade | 90 minutes

The Human Body & Architecture
Measurement, Sizes, Proportion
Need an engaging activity that makes use of both mathematics and body systems? Wearable architecture helps students better understand the human body by designing something  for it. Students learn about the science of anthropometry – the study of human dimensions – and use easily-manipulated materials to make items to be worn.
8th – 12th Grade | 45 minutes

Nature’s Hidden Geometry
Proportion, Patterns, Biology
Teach geometry and ratios by revealing how Natures uses patterns for building, decorating, and camouflage. Let your students explore geometry in Nature as they take inspiration from plants and insects to design a product to take home. Ties in well with geometry, ratios, and biology.
3rd – 8th Grade 45 minutes

Cultural Technology
Anthropology, Measurement
Explore cultural technology and the history of making things by examining everyday items – from shoes to shelter – of today and ages past. Participants will design and create their own products to wear from modern materials using historical techniques.
8th – 12th Grade | 45 minutes