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DESIGN STUDIO

WAIPAHU GRADES 11 & 12

The NuVu way

EXPLORE the world and reflect on how to be a change-maker

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Say it: New View

Yes, it’s a new view on how we learn. The OG NuVu is a design-based education program created in Cambridge, Mass. We are proud to be one of only a dozen schools participating in the NuVu Partner Network — which makes us a NuVuX.

There is not a textbook in sight in our design studio. Students work in our Makerspace and each studio (project) focuses on a variety of technical skills such as sketching, hands-on making, electronics, 2D-to-3D software, textiles, laser cutting, or 3D printing. Students cover their subject material as they create portfolios that include critical writing, design precedents, self portraits, and documentation of their process.

NuVuX is offered to students in grades 11 and 12 on our Waipahu campus, and they earn elective Design Technology credits and English or Social Science credits depending upon the semester. The program is interdisciplinary and can be taken multiple times, including an advanced Capstone course or the option to graduate with NuVuX honors. 

Our makers & designers at work

THE LANTERN PROJECT

Our NuVuX students kicked off the year with their first studio, experimenting with CAD and prototype building. Students were asked to create lanterns with unique patterns that cast a light on themselves or a place important to them.

Shining a light on their projects

Inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry, Starry Night, Liam explored how a scene can flow with no beginning or end.

Anica studied historical patterns representing her bicultural background of Thai and Japanese.

Working with geodes, Deizha drew on her love of nature and the outdoors.

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Maia D, Class of 2024

In this music video, the ocean is personified by a girl who is tormented and slowly dying from the harm caused by human neglect. Wavy guitar riffs set the atmospheric tone of this hopeless love song. Lyrics, multi-instrument musical composition, and video all created by Maia D. 

DAYDREAMER
Jay C, Class of 2023

In the short animatic, Daydreamer, the artist illustrates the ways some people cope with life. They explore an idea that the escapism of daydreaming can sometimes cause more harm than good by increasing stress and anxiety.

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Who is a good fit for NuVuX?

Those interested in art, design, fashion, or craft

Those on a STEM pathway

People with video and software interests

People interested in making things

Self-driven people interested in social change

For questions about NuVuX,
please contact Mariah Tuttle
mtuttle@myhta.org