Design Lab
student mixing bio fuels
Two girls running water tests
Design Lab student testing solar energy with lights
Design Lab student portrait with laptop
Design Lab student testing wind and solar power
Student showing example of a design and 3D printed object
Design Lab student portrait with notebook and water trainer

About Design Lab

Design Lab: STEM Career Exploration

Use your imagination and creativity to design solutions to real world problems in this hands-on, technology-charged program just for 10th grade students.

The class focuses on  the relationship between science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and the design process. Major topics include electrical circuits, computer aided design, woodworking, robotics, computer programing, and alternative energy. The goal of design lab is to use STEM concepts to solve problems. The class meets every day Monday through Friday for about 2 hours and 15 minutes. 

Design Lab students tackle projects using design thinking. We partner with  instructors right here at KCTC and industry professionals and to provide you the resources and tools you need to successfully solve problems and accomplish our class goals. By the end of the course, you will have had a wide range of experiences and opportunities which help to shape your future college and career choices.

17-18 Applications now available

The application process has moved online.  Apply today at
In order to apply, students must meet all of the following requirements:
•    be in 10th grade during the 2017-18 school year
•    successfully complete Algebra 1 (C- / 70%, or better) before the start of the 2017-18 school year
•    submit a completed application by Friday March 17  limited spots available for 1st session only

Application Recommendations

There are five (5) essay questions on the application.  It is highly recommended that you complete these in a word-processing document BEFORE beginning the application so you can complete this in one sitting.  The application cannot save your progress.  
•    Why you are interested in taking this course?
•    Describe something you have created, designed, or built.
•    Describe a time when you solved a difficult problem.
•    Describe your experiences using technology to learn.
•    Please share anything else about yourself or your interests. 

Application Process

Once you complete the online application, a copy of your application will automatically be e-mailed to the address you provide.  Please print and sign the application and have a parent/guardian sign it.  
Then, bring it to your high school counselor.  Your counselor will review your application and submit it to Kent Career Tech Center.  Once KCTC gets your application, you will receive a confirmation e-mail stating your application was received and is complete.  

If you have any questions, please contact the instructor, Joe Phillips

Project Highlight frame
Battery-powered USB Phone Charger
In a unit on circuits and electronics, students built a tiny phone charger.