The CORI Design Process (CDP) provides our learners the experience of what engineers, architects, scientists, and makers do everyday. We thrive on structuring design challenges and projects that intentionally nurture skills (i.e. critical thinking) needed now and in the future. Similarly to the engineering design process and design thinking model, the CDP allows learners to imagine, explore and create with our tools and materials. The Cori Design Process is the basis for all our lesson plans and project builds. 

The CDP begins with what drives your INTEREST for a particular project? The best indicator of interest is the energy and effort put into something, and as facilitators of learning, we need to focus on creating challenges and projects that motivate and energize students to create. We then let them loose with the IDEATION phase, where learners are at their most creative and collaborative, with the goal to identify a design.

From there, the real hands-on learning begins when transitioning from ideation to ITERATION. The iterative design methodology focuses on implementing, testing, inspecting, and improving your CORI project design. We stress the importance of grit as the iterative process requires persistence to power through multiple failures. And in our world, failure is an opportunity to learn, and where the best inventions are ultimately born. Lastly we strongly believe in developing your communication skills in sharing your creations. Because in this cycle, we believe when you unleash creativity and share your passion, you INSPIRE others to take interest in their next design. “One idea lights a thousand candles” - Emerson