Design the Future

Design the Future is an award-winning, fully immersive STEM and design thinking summer program in which students design and build assistive tools for local individuals with physical disabilities. In summer 2019, the program will be offered at the University of Kansas for the first time.

During this intensive program, created by DC Design and developed in collaboration with Stanford University’s Institute of Design (the and K12 Lab, students work to solve some of the biggest challenges facing our world today. The program partners teams of high school students and their university design coach with an individual who has a physical or sensory disability. Guided by professionals experienced in engineering and design, students create a product that will improve the quality of life of someone with a disability.

Programs at KU take place July 29-Aug. 3 and Aug. 5-10, 2019. Learn more and apply at


  • Other STEM program provider

Audience Served

  • Students: High School

Opportunities Offered

  • Summer camp

Focus Areas

  • Architecture and Design
  • Engineering
  • Technology