Toy-making class required for new U minor

Students pursuing a product design minor will model their toy concepts.

Jill Jensen

University of Minnesota students will have a chance to play Geppetto as they model their own toy concepts during a new course that debuted this semester.

Assistant professor Barry Kudrowitz in the College of Design will teach 20 students in “Toy Product Design,” according to a press release. This is the first class required in the product design minor being developed at the University.

The class will work with Creative Kidstuff and others from the industry in hopes that one of the functional prototypes could go to market, Kudrowitz said. He invented a Nerf Atom Blaster for Hasbro in 2005, according to the release.

“The main goal of the class is to teach them the design process and get them familiar with using the tools,” Kudrowitz said.

Kudrowitz has taught the class at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the past six years. He will teach two more courses âÄî Concepts Sketching and Creativity and Innovation âÄî at the University this fall.