DSSA skill modules pull theoretical, application, and practices from various sources to expand learners’ horizons. The hexagon pattern indicates how skill-sets are joined together to learn a new skill set. The learning process begins from the bottom and moves up along electrical or mechanical paths. Even though mastery of fundamental skills is essential, failures are encouraged.
Students receive feedback from the instructor every step of the way. After mastering fundamental skills, an interdisciplinary group project allows students to develop project management, teamwork, and communication skills. Students are not permitted to the next skill learning unless the predetermined mastery is reached.
Students earn skill badges after completing the entire program, demonstrating their mastery and confidence levels. Skill badges, accompanied by a portfolio of achievements, illustrate a potential employer a comprehensive picture of students' skill level than letter grades.