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Groovystuff by Design: Connecting Education with Industry Challenge

Groovystuff by Design:  Connecting Education with Industry Challenge

In 2010 Chris Bruning of Groovystuff founded an industry/university collaboration called “The Groovystuff by Design: Connecting Education with Industry Challenge.” Since inception, more than 500 students have participated in the program to date from design programs across the US to include: Appalachian State University, The Art Institute of Las Vegas, Auburn University, University of Georgia, The University of North Carolina, North Carolina State University, The University of Idaho, Purdue University, Columbia College – Chicago, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, The University of Minnesota, Florida State University, and the international expansion to the Industrial Design Program at KMITL in Bangkok, Thailand. In the education to industry collaboration with Groovystuff, the company ships a box of reclaimed materials to the university and the professor guides the students in partnership with design direction from the Groovystuff staff via Facebook. Students participating in the Challenge are tasked with developing a residential home furnishings product utilizing the reclaimed materials found in the Groovystuff product line.