A nationwide collaboration funded by an AAE Grant closing the opportunity/resource gap with arts-integrated STEAM Programming

Our mission is to empower young innovators to think differently about themselves and their world


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What is Design Lab?

Design Lab at the Idea Studio is part of a nationwide collaboration intended to deliver high quality, equitable, and engaging arts integrated Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math (STEAM) Programming to traditionally repressed / ignored populations of 3rd-5th graders in the Fond du Lac School District. Read more here.

To learn more about the history of the Design Lab, click here.


Design Lab in Action!


Summer 2023

The Summer Design Lab at the Idea Studio will be a FREE one week arts integrated STEAM summer camp presented collaboratively by Fond du Lac Public Library and The Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts. We will serve 12-18 students per session who will be entering 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade and are enrolled in the Fond du Lac School District for the 2023-2024 school year.

The goals of The Design Lab are to develop our community's capacity to create and sustain high-quality, engaging, and equitable STEAM programs for underrepresented students with the long term goal being to close the opportunity gap in our community and build arts integrated educational pathways for a more creative and diverse workforce. We'll work with educators and students on self and social awareness and through design thinking.
*STEAM=Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math

Design Lab Summer 2023 dates will be:

June 19 - June 23

July 10 - July 14

July 24 - July 28

August 21 - August 25

Each student may participate in one of those summer camps.


A typical day at Design Lab may look like:

8:45am - Check in begins at the Fond du Lac Public Library

9:00am - Workshops begin

10:30am - Break

12:00pm - Lunch

12:30pm - Workshops begin

1:45pm - Break

3:45pm - Students can be picked up at the Fond du Lac Public Library


We will be serving traditionally repressed / ignored students in the Fond du Lac School District who are in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade with a particular focus on students who identify as coming from low income households.

Join here: https://bit.ly/designlabapplication

To see more about previous sessions





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