We can't wait to start new projects in the fall. Until then, we have one really cool project running this summer, which you should check out below!
 

CURRENT PROJECTS

How can we assist elementary teachers who have few resources to educate their students through play?

How can we assist elementary teachers who have few resources to educate their students through play?

SuperConductors

Team Lead: Kimberly Jung | Designers: Chris Frey, Katie Musial, Sina Parsnejad

Community Partners: North Elementary

This summer we're reviving SuperConductors (née MAGLEV) a DFA MSU project that started four years ago with the How Can We statement "How Can We enable communities to initiate the move towards renewable energies?". This project quickly shifted when we partnered with North Elementary in Lansing and focused instead on hands-on teaching in classrooms.  Our next focus is testing with more teachers and producing a second version of the maglev train developed in the first iteration of this project. Our new How Can We statement is "How can we assist elementary teachers who have few resources to educate their students through play?

Check out more on this project (and see how you can get involved) here!


CAMPUS SAFETY | Spring 2017

Team Leads: Chad Binder | Designers: Naomi Wang, Pa Vang, Nick Tomic, David Slimak, Kevin Stiles

This project broke down what "campus safety" meant to different groups of students, and worked to tackle those areas. The areas identified were financial security, mental illness, sexual assault, and academics.


Refugees | Spring 2017

Team Leads: Katie Musial, Cindy Ochoa | Designers: Gaby Abalo, Amrit Deol, Brad Fischer, Elizabeth Slifkin, Adam Sliwinski | Community Partners: Refugee Development Center, Tony Willis of LEAP, Shirin Kambin of the Immigrant and Refugee Resource Collaborative, and Andrea Batten, a Brody ICA

This project focused on immigrant and refugee populations at MSU and in the Lansing area. The How Can We statement for this project was "How can we provide career development opportunities and address legal issues facing Spartan international students?", and the team developed a professional development workshop for immigrant, refugee, and international students as their solution. The workshop included information about email etiquette, LinkedIn, and was concluded by a panel discussion with fellow international students who spoke on their Spartan experience and the challenges they faced throughout their college career.

In the future, DFAMSU is seeking to continue running this workshop with other student organizations here on campus. If you think you could help with this, feel free to use the contact form here to contact us!


International students | Spring 2017

Team Leads: Sina Parsnejad | Designers: Douglas Clements, Chris Frey, Ming Zhang | Community Partners: MSU OISS

This project focused on getting international students engaged in campus traditions and making them feel welcome their first year at MSU.


Project History


SUN CARDS | Spring 2014

SUN Cards also known as Students Understanding Nutrition cards was our very first project. Our broader goal was to challenge the issue of food insecurity in Lansing. We decided that to create a healthy community we needed to create healthy community members in their youth. We successfully created and tested a rewards program encouraging students to eat their fruits and vegetables at North Elementary.

How can we encourage elementary school students make healthy choices?

How can we encourage elementary school students make healthy choices?


MarkMe | Fall 2014

Team Leads: Ken Hunter, Evan Fried | Designers: Lauren Shields, Morgan Malloy, Abid Ahmad Community Partners: Newell Rubbermaid

MarkMe was the result of a national DFA project sponsored by Newell Rubbermaid to reduce injuries and fatalities on the construction site. Four other studios worked on similar problem spaces and the project concluded with a presentation at Newell Rubbermaid's design headquarters in Kalamzoo, MI.  

How can we make it more convenient to communicate evolving hazards in the work place? 

How can we make it more convenient to communicate evolving hazards in the work place? 


REFUGEE PROJECT | Fall 2014

Team Lead: Libby Hoffman | Designers: Leslie Welch, Dan Cyr, Mark Golbeck

Approximately 40 refugees arrive every month in the city of Lansing. The Refugee Project is currently designing a literacy program for young adult refugees in need of skill-development such as language and cultural immersion that will help them apply for jobs and college and support themselves .

How can we better acclimate refugees to their local communities? 

How can we better acclimate refugees to their local communities? 


How can we improve the lives of those affected by ALS?

How can we improve the lives of those affected by ALS?

ALS | Fall 2014 - Spring 2015

Team Lead (fall, spring): Ehan Gnanendran, Ken Hunter | Designers: Trevor Walker, Jaclyn Sudak, Jon Simons, Ryan Sanchez Community Partners: ALS of Michigan, MIND

Members of the ALS project attended ALS support groups and had one on one interviews with patients and those affected by ALS. The team is currently hoping to design a product that will guide ALS patients through certain daily activity as well by providing them a sense of independence and strength. 


How can we encourage communities to lead the transition into renewable energy?

How can we encourage communities to lead the transition into renewable energy?

Mag-Lev Train | Spring 2015

Team Lead: Evan Fried | Designers: Liz Martin, Hannah Hunter, Kimberly Jung, Kaushik Sridasyam Community Partners: Impression 5

Members of this team designed magnetic levitation tracks. They spent a day at North School having 5th grade students design their own Mag-Lev trains and having them race them in a tournament. The two 16 foot long tracks were left at the school so any future classes can enjoy them.

 

 


How can we increase public health on campus?

How can we increase public health on campus?

Public Health | Spring 2015

Team Lead: Lauren Shields | Designers: Ehan Gnanendran, Morgan Malloy, Leslie Welch, Dan Cyr

Working alongside University of Illinois's Design for America studio, the public health team is seeking to increase public health awareness on MSU's campus.

 


How can we improve the lives of those affected by Cerebral Palsy?

How can we improve the lives of those affected by Cerebral Palsy?

Design for CP | Spring 2015

Team Lead: Libby Hoffman | Designers: Abby Furest, Prateek Gupta, Linda Lay, Sarah Polega Community Partners: Peckham

The Design for CP team focuses specifically on redesigning the walker for those with Cerebral Pasly. The team's goals are to increase mobility, functionality and independence.