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Breaking new ground in design and technology to create art

Last summer, I participated in a design and technology summer camp that was provided by my school, YCIS Shanghai Pudong. Design and technology have always been my favorite subjects and I was overjoyed to spend almost two whole weeks doing just that.

I wanted to make a coffee table that is modern, unique and different from all the others.

Some research led me to an idea of a river table, which is a wooden table with a resin river running through it.

I had all of the materials to do it but the catch was that I would be the first student to make a table using resin like this.

Over the two weeks, I went through the whole process of designing, prototyping and manufacturing. I also needed to do a lot of experimentation with the resin as I had never used it before.

However, the support of my teachers helped me overcome many obstacles and learn from the challenges I encountered.

Because there were so many teachers to support us, I had the opportunity to try some power tools and machinery for the first time, which was a very cool learning experience.

Several weeks after returning to class for the new school year, I finally completed the project. When I look at the finished product of my version of a river table, I am not only proud of the table itself, but the whole process I went through to achieve it.

It was my first time working on such a large-scale DT project outside of my regular classes. I am beyond grateful for the opportunities to express myself through the art of creating.

Opportunities for innovation are found everywhere at our school, from art shows, DT projects, music concerts, co-curricular activities and the new student leadership team, to the innovative learning spaces on campus.

During the pandemic, there are many restrictions as to what we can and cannot do.

As a result, we are all adapting and adjusting. We can use these difficult times as an opportunity to grow as a school and even more so to grow as individuals.


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