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Design Squad: Make School Cool

November 14, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

A cardboard box with a pink circular wheel above it, followed by a white wheel above the pink wheel. The brown box has writing on it saying: The homework selector. It also says: Directions-- Spin the wheel if you get something you have for homework, do it, if not, spin. The pink wheel is segmented with different school subjects from Tech, social studies, health, and E.L.A. There is a pointer made out of a sipping straw which points at one of the subjects on the wheel: health.

Is there something about your experiences at school that you would change? What would it be? What could you create to make your time at school better? 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 school day.

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 14, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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