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Oak Middle School Design Lab

Mr. Mularella

What we are learning in Design Lab at Oak...

7th Grade - Students learn the design thinking process through upcycling, which is the process of using old materials to create new products. They are encouraged to be creative and use problem solving skills in order to make their vision become a reality.

8th Grade - Students continue to learn about design thinking and apply it to a series of challenges and real world needs. They learn how to navigate drones, code Spheros, and explore some 2D and/or 3D modeling. 

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Upcycling Request List

Below is a list of the items students have requested for their upcycling projects. I have asked them to create a top five list of what they want to create using upcycling materials, knowing I won't be able to get everything on this list. 

As a reminder, I only want people to donate items if they no longer need that item and it's just taking up space in your home. If you are still using something or plan to use it in the future, please keep it for yourself. Thank you for your donations.

Paper Supplies
Cereal boxes
Shoe boxes

Craft Supplies
Popsicle sticks

Glass Supplies
Glass jars and bottles (including Mason jars and wine bottles)
Light bulbs
Magnifying glasses (plastic is okay too)

Hardware Supplies
Nails/Wood screws
Nuts, bolts, and washers

Metal Supplies
Aluminum can tabs
License plates
Metal cutlery (spoon, knife, fork) 
Clothes hangers

Wood Supplies
Other wood boards (not lumber)
Wood spoons

Sports Equipment
Baseball/Softball bats and balls
Hockey sticks and pucks
Tennis balls and racquets
Bicycle parts (wheels, bike tubes, chains, gears, etc.)

Miscellaneous Supplies
Old lamps with a functioning cord
Wine corks (any cork material)
Scrabble tiles
Analog clocks
Christmas lights (any stringed lights)

Plastic Supplies
Plastic Bottles (all sizes)
Egg cartons
Capri Sun juice pouches
Plastic spoons
Bottle caps
PVC Pipes

Clothing/Fabric Supplies
Pillow case


Design Lab Mobiles