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Design LAB: Learn And Build

Registration for 2018 will open for educators on July 24th.

Design LAB 2017: BRIDGE Winning Projects

What does the word BRIDGE mean to you? Is it a structure that supports a road, allowing transportation from one place to another? Or, is it something that connects ideas? Maybe it’s even something your grandma plays with her friends or your favorite part of a song.

No matter what you think of when you hear the word BRIDGE, where can you take it from there? Could a bridge turn into a community, or a corridor for animals that allows people to live alongside wildlife harmoniously, or maybe something that provides transportation which brings separated populations together? Please consider participating in the 2017 program and push the limits of a BRIDGE.

Design LAB  is an exciting, hands-on, FREE K-12 education program offered to teachers in the Cincinnati area that builds awareness, knowledge and community!

We can’t wait to see where YOU take BRIDGE.

 

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA at sunset.

 


2016-17  PROGRAM CALENDAR

Registration Opens…………………..Aug 15, 2016

Educator Registration Closes…….Sep 30, 2016 (extended to October 14)

Volunteer Registration Closes……Oct 30, 2016

Orientation Workshop………………Nov 15, 2016

Orientation Workshop………………Nov 16, 2016

Educ-Vol Team Assignments by…Nov 30, 2016

Volunteer First Classroom Visit….December 2016

Program Kick-off………………………Jan 3, 2017

Program Conclusion…………………Apr 28, 2017

Project Drop-off……………………….Apr 29, 2017

Design Fair Exhibit Week………….Apr 30-May 6, 2017

BRIDGE BREAK………………………Apr 30, 2017

Design Fair Jury Review…………..May 3, 2017

Design Fair Reception………………May 6, 2017

 

 

Learn about Design LAB from our Volunteers & Educators:

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We are very pleased to present Design LAB: Learn And Build, the next generation of Architecture By Children (ABC)!  The Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati, in association with AIA Cincinnati, is pleased to offer this FREE, hands-on, project-based learning experience to our community’s schools, educators and students, grades K-12.

Design LAB is a project-based K-12 education program tailored to broaden and deepen student awareness, appreciation, and active participation in our natural and built environments.  Local professionals team with educators to guide students through a real-world, themed design problem, emphasizing the development of: research, critical thinking, problem solving, verbal and visual communication, creative expression, collaborative team-building, STEM and presentation skills.

The 16-week program engages a minimum of once per month classroom visits by professionals in the built environment. Each classroom session is approximately 45-60 minutes, and is assisted in partnership with the lead educator. Essential materials including the Educator & Volunteer Resource Guide, PowerPoint kick-off presentation and tri-folds are provided by Design LAB.

This year’s project theme is ‘BRIDGE’.  Have you imagined what bridges designed for today and the future might look like? Students will be challenged to research, design and build models of bridges. As in previous years, students will have the opportunity to create a 24″x 24″ three-dimensional model and tri-fold panels for students to describe and document their creative process including:  concept images, sketches/drawings, vocabulary, written data, planning, etc. At the end of the work period, submitted projects will be displayed during Design Fair Exhibit Week at the Public Library, Main Branch where students may present their ideas, methodology and solutions.

For students in grades 7-12, there will also be an opportunity to do the Bridge Break, where teams will create bridges to be tested for strength. The Bridge Break location is still being determined, but it will take place Sunday, April 30.

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We look forward to working with you to engage and inspire students in exploring, designing, and building their environments!

If you have any questions, please contact Christen Lubbers, Education Director

EdDir@architecturecincy.org

(513) 421-4469

 

“Working with the kids gave me new energy and enthusiasm for my work. Seeing it all through their eyes was really fun and inspiring.”  – Classroom Volunteer

“I learned all about teamwork. You’ve got to trust your team, especially when building.” – 4th Grade Student

Click here to see the winners from 2016: Learning Spaces!

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