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Wonder Lab

Earcos Workshop Weekend, October 6th to 7th
Design Action | Think, Innovate, Make

Working with Purdue University’s Wonder Design Lab


TJ Kim, Founder of Wonder Lab, Associate Professor of Industrial Design and Product Development at Purdue University

Dr. James Self, Associate Professor of Industrial Design at UNIST

SungHwe Kim, Founder of 3D Plus, Director of Busan Wonder Lab Center


This workshop is targeted at teachers and administrators who are interested in the Maker Movement and STEAM education.
The objective is to explore the interplay between Design Pedagogy, Design Thinking, and Product Development.  Workshop attendees will have a chance to learn about design thinking process and methodologies, work on design technology tools to see how the strategic design process leads to the future innovation which re-informs our education through a continuous process of experience-based learning.
This EARCOS weekend-workshop is an opportunity to network with leading educators in the field of innovative learning to actively improve our future education.


Making isn’t new, but modern technologies, globalization, and cultural shifts have positively influenced the maker’s movement. By using technology-based tools such as a 3D printer, 3D laser cutter, and 3D CNC fabrication, we can accelerate time and effort of making things. It allows for 1-day turnarounds, and one person operated product manufacturing with proper learning and application of the tools.

Wonder-Design Lab is a design platform to aid communities to generate solutions, connect to these critical resources, and to help community members to build business models that are using technology based maker tools.  They currently work with K-12 schools, universities and industries in the United States, China and South Korea to fulfill this mission

Busan, a bustling city of approximately 3.6 million residents, is located on the southeastern tip of the Korean peninsula.
It is the second largest city in Korea after Seoul.

Its deep harbor and gentle tides have allowed it to grow into the largest container handling port in the country and the fifth largest in the world. The city’s natural endowments and rich history have resulted in Busan’s increasing reputation as a world-class city for tourism and culture, and it is also becoming renowned as a hot spot destination for international conventions.

Busan prides itself for maintaining a harmonious relationship between mountains, rivers, and sea. Its geography includes a coastline featuring superb beaches, scenic cliffs, and mountains which provide excellent hiking and extraordinary views with hot springs scattered throughout the city.

Busan enjoys four distinct seasons and a temperate climate that never gets too hot or too cold.

Sea Temple Busan

What is Busan famous for?

  • Its many temples like the Beomeosa Temple, or the Yonggungsa (Sea) Temple.
  • Jagalchi Fish Market. The Jagalchi Fish Market is Korea’s most famous & largest seafood market.
  • Its large and fine sand beaches like Gwangalli or Haeundae beach.
  • Its skywalks like the Oryukdo Skywalk, a glass bridge that allows you to look down to catch a glimpse of the waves crashing against the cliff
  • The Taejongdae Resort Park with its unique views and sceneries.
  • Shinsegae: the world largest department store.
  • Gamcheon Culture Village: sometimes called the Santorini of Korea.
Paradise Hotel Busan

Where can I lodge while in Busan?

Busan Foreign School is located in the popular Haeundae New Town area. Easily accessible via private or public transport.
There are many hotels close by, for different budgets.


Links of Interest


The American International School of Busan

Busan Foreign School, fully certified by WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), serves international families from Pre K-3 to 12th grade. We are a small school and strive to maintain a small school feel. Most class sizes range from 15-20 students, and our early childhood program has even smaller class sizes to ensure quality learning.

Over 95% of the teaching staff are either US or Canadian certified teachers, and all staff and administrators are trained in the most current research of best educational practices. The Common Core curriculum and other U.S. based national standards guide all classroom instruction. Staff members are required to professionally develop their skills. At the secondary level, they apply their training in teaching rigorous Advanced Placement courses in the Maths, Sciences, English, Humanities, Languages, and the Arts. Busan Foreign School was accepted in 2016 year to the AP Capstone Program, becoming the third school in Korea administering this Diploma. At the elementary level, we have implemented the highly regarded and respected Singapore Math curriculum. School-wide we subscribe to the Readers’ and Writers’ Workshop model to hone English literacy skills.

Busan Foreign School strives to offer a balanced program of academics, athletics, and arts. We believe that both academic and nonacademic life are equally important and help to shape our students into model citizens of the world. BFS competes in the Southern Korea Athletic Conference (SKAC) with several other schools in the region in both sports and non-athletic annual events such as Speech and Debate, Science Fairs, and an Arts Festival. Furthermore we encourage and support students to participate internationally in reputable competitions such as the National Honor Society, Yale-NUS model United Nations or the Scripps National Spelling Bee, to name a few.

BFS is a member of ISS, Search Associates, KORCOS, EARCOS, NHS, NJHS, and the National Association of Student Councils.

How to get to BFS

45, Daecheon-ro 67 beon-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan, Korea 48084
부산광역시 해운대구 대천로67번길 45 우편번호 48084

Google maps direct link:

Yangun Elementary School | 양운 초등학교
Military base 53 division | 해운대구 53사단

Contact Number:
Tel. 051-747-7199 Fax. 051-747-9196
Outside Korea:
Tel. +82-51-747-7199 Fax. +82-51-747-9196





=> Download a PDF version of the Directions to BFS and show it to the hotel or taxi driver.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at Busan Foreign School and spend two incredible days with you and the experts of Purdue Wonder Lab Design!
To register, simply fill in and submit the form below.
For questions and more information please contact Mr. Iain Macfarlane at

BUSAN FOREIGN SCHOOL | 45, Daecheon-ro 67 beon-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan, South Korea 48084 | Tel: +82 (0) 51 747 7199 | Fax: +82 (0) 51 747 9196 |