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Design Squad: Home Improvement

November 20, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

A rectangular prism is covered with two different clothe designs. The cloth design in the front is an aqua color with flower designs on it. The clothe on the top is a light blue with two pieces of foam designed like eyes. There is also a smile with a tongue sticking out, forming a face on the top of the box. A person is holding this box and with their left hand and has their right hand on a rubber-band attached to the front of the box, almost like a latch for the box.

What kinds of things do you do at home? What things are difficult to do at home? How can you make time spent at home easier or more fun? Use your imagination to design something new in the maker space during the Design Squad Days workshop series! In this workshop, you’ll learn the steps of the design process while designing and creating something to improve your home life.

In this workshop, you will:

  • Learn about the design process
  • Solve real-world problems
  • Build a prototype using everyday materials

This workshop is for kids and their caregivers, especially kids 5-12. Please plan to spend up to an hour working with us! As part of this program, visitors will also test out a new app that walks families through the steps of the design process, helps document their projects, and provides activities to do at home. We will have some devices you can use while working, but we also recommend bringing your own so that you can continue designing at home after you leave the museum!

Free with museum admission. No registration is required.

These resources are part of the Design Squad Maker project, an ongoing partnership between GBH Boston and NYSCI. The two institutions are working together to create resources that help children and their caregivers work on hands-on design projects in museums, maker spaces, and at home. Participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback, which will help inform improvements and revisions to the program materials.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1811457. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


November 20, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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