Student lead: Andrea Levy

Student major: Art & design

A successful prototype from three Detroit Community High School and four University of Michigan’s Stamps School of Art & Design students for the Change by Design course prompted this second phase of SWIP. The exchangeable components – a speaker, a mirror and a wallet – for the center of the 3-D printed water bottle are designed to be swapped: sip+swap = SWIP.

Open to all students, the founding female group will encourage females to join a DCHS and Stamps School workshop, establishment of the project in the Brightmoor Maker Space and expansion of the project into more Detroit high schools.

Mentors will focus on teaching transient student peers and those with low rates of academic success to design, create and market the water bottles. Peer training insures sustainability. The first class will train nine DCHS students to administer the inaugural enterprise and train two teams of nine more students, expanding the program into two schools, social service or youth programs in Detroit. Twenty-seven students will gain Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics knowledge and entrepreneurship skills. Bottles sales will also sustain the project and provide social mobility.