Ninth graders are enrolled in a design engineering class their first year at the Upper School. Design engineering empowers students to further build upon their preexisting skills to be changemakers in the world, helping them prepare for a future where resilience is key and translating ideas into reality is essential. Identifying needs and testing them, students generate ideas and create quick prototypes to get feedback, inventing business models to leverage their ideas in the world. Use of woodworking tools, CAD software, and digital fabrication equipment, such as the laser cutter and the 3-D printer, helps them bring their ideas to fruition. Students may choose to use their Nueva Quest Project as an opportunity to further their design thinking and engineering skills, and can continue to pursue engineering proficiency with electives such as Product Design, Engineering and Fabrication Workshop, and CAD for Manufacturing.