What will I learn?


In the context of violence and fear, how might we increase students' physical, mental, and emotional safety?

On average, there is a school shooting every week. Many schools have adopted prison-like facility features and terrifying active shooter drills. There is talk of arming teachers. In this class, you will learn about the design thinking process and build your design abilities, while applying them to the real-world challenge of gun violence in schools. By partnering with a local school district, we will explore possible answers to the design challenge: How might we increase students’ physical, mental, and emotional safety? This hands-on class will build your design muscles and help solve a pressing issue in k-12 education 

Learn With

Teaching Team


Laura McBain

K12 Lab Director of Community and Implementation

Sam Seidel

K12 Lab Director of Strategy and Research


  • Spring 2019

  • 10 Weeks

  • DESINST 280

  • 2-3 Units

  • Credit/No Credit

  • T/Th 1:30 - 4:20pm

  • Studio C


Apply by Friday, March 8

Apply here!

Accepting 15-20 Students

Open to Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Fellows & Post-Docs