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Photo of glue gun and materials at Maker Faire

The Design Thinking Initiative hosts workshops, lectures, gatherings, collaborative opportunities, and celebrations throughout the year. We’re always playing with new ways to come together through Design, check back here for the latest upcoming events.

In-Person Safety Trainings

Learn how to use our building safely and responsibly! This training is required to reserve and use equipment in the building independently. You cannot enter the building after open hours without this training!

Explore the Design Thinking Initiative: Pom Poms and Safety Training

Friday, Sept. 10th, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm at Capen Annex

Learn about the Design Thinking Initiative and the opportunities we offer throughout the year. Join us for a relaxing pom pom making session and learn how to make your own pom pom making template either by hand or with a laser cutter. Participants will also complete safety training, which is a requirement to have 24/7 access to the downstairs making space at Capen Annex throughout your time at Smith! Open to first years and sophomores as a part of FYE.


Notebook Workshop and Safety Training

Wednesday, Sept. 15th and Wednesday Sept. 22, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Capen Annex

Start your school year off sustainably by making your own notebooks using industrial paper donations. Learn about the Design Thinking Initiative and the opportunities we offer throughout your time at Smith. Participants can also complete safety training.


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Dates and times are subject to change. Please look at our calendar on our main page for updated dates, times, and location. 


CLDI Info Session 

Thursday Sept. 16th, 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm  at Capen Annex

Interested in a fully paid summer internship where you will have a chance to practice collaborative change-making? Come learn about Collaborative Leadership and and Design Immersions (CLDI), an intergrative cohort program and summer internship opportunity sponsored by the Wurtle Center and the Design Thinking Initiative. CLDI is for students who are looking for intensive opportunities to put collaborative leadershop skills into practice at organizations around the world. 

Cas Holman: Design for Play Pop Up

Saturday, Oct. 2nd - Oct. 10th at Nolan Art Lounge

Bring friends, new and old, and come play collaboratively! The Nolan Art Lounge will have materials for making and showcase interactive works designed by Cas Holman and Kathy Guo!


Talk and Workshop with Renowned Designer, Cas Holman

Wednesday, Oct. 6th, 4:15 pm - 7:30 pm at Campus Center

Come meet Cas Holman and learn about her work. Join us afterwards for a hands-on collaborative workshop where we will design and play with large scale wooden building kits!


Halloween Workshop

Wednesday, Oct. 27th and Friday, Oct. 29th, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Capen Annex
Start Halloween at the Design Thinking Initiative with costumes, pumpkin carving, and candy! Last minute costume needs? We’ve got you covered- make your own costume or modify your current costume with LEDs and upcycled materials.


Bagshare: Make-Your-Own Sustainable Bags

Wednesday, Nov. 17th, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Capen Annex
Learn how to use equipment to transform used feed bags and agricultural plastic waste into fashionable tote bags that hold up to 50 lbs. Workshop participants will be trained on all equipment and techniques necessary to lead future Bagshare workshops.


Repair Fair

Saturday, Dec. 4th, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Campus Center

Broken zippers or electronics? Come to Repair Fair with your beloved objects to have experts take a look. Together you might just be able to make it new again!


Holiday Making Party

Friday, Dec. 10th, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Capen Annex
Forgot to buy a gift? Make your loved ones a gift with our crafting supplies. For guided gift making, learn how to laser cut your own earrings or pendants with the Glowforge (laser cutting machine).