Rapid Prototyping for Pets


$595; $100 is due at the time of registration

Date and Time

June 19–30 (Monday-Friday), 10 a.m.–2 p.m. CST

Program Registration


Applications are viewed on a rolling basis, and seats in the program are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. 


Mies Campus


Rising ninth–12th graders (ages 14–17); must be able to interact with dogs and cats

Program Overview

Students will learn to use digital fabrication and carpentry tools to develop the next big thing for man’s best friend.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand and implement design-thinking process
  • Learning basic CAD and 3D modeling
  • Learn and operate the three major rapid-prototyping tools (3D printer, laser cutter, and CNC router)

Example Activities:

  • Conduct market research, including surveying pet owners and touring a pet store
  • Ideation, including deciding what is missing from the marketplace and then sketching it out on paper
  • Develop a prototype, including using tools within the Idea Shop to transform each student’s sketch into a built product that will be tested by live animals


Jason Minter, Idea Shop Manager

Ling Peng, Idea Shop Assistant Manager

Michael Koenig, Idea Shop Assistant Manager


Questions about the application process? Email them to precollege@iit.edu.