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Toy Product Design 2.00b is a hands-on project-based design course offered in the Spring semester. This course is an introduction to the product design process with a focus on designing for play and entertainment.

In this course, students work in small teams of 5-6 members to design and prototype new toys. Students work closely with a local sponsor, an elementary school, and experienced mentors on a themed toy design project.

Students will be introduced to the product development process, including: determining customer needs; brainstorming; estimation; sketching; graphic design; industrial design drawing; sketch modeling; concept development; design aesthetics; detailed design; prototyping; and written, visual, and oral communication.

At the end of the course, students present their toy products at the Playsentations to toy designers, engineers, elementary school children and the MIT community.