The big idea then struck me: How can students design and manufacture furniture for a community common space for the public to use and enjoy?
The last and MOST IMPORTANT piece is what I'm working on now. I need your help. I don't know anything about furniture design. I want to learn with the students and connect to experts in the fields of design, woodworking, manufacturing and engineering who can give us advice along the way. We are going to employ the design process (check out IDEO's teacher toolkit) as our guide to completing this project and integrate students from my class with those in industrial arts, fashion studies, and our special needs class.
If you are someone who has design experience, who has made furniture, or knows someone who can help us with this project, please get in contact with me! coolpoolteacher (at) gmail.com.