Design LAB 2019: PUSH PLAY
Design LAB is an exciting, FREE, hands-on K-8 education program offered to teachers in the Cincinnati area that is focused on building awareness, knowledge and community. This year’s theme is PUSH PLAY.
We will be challenging students to push the limits of where and how we play. When we think of the spaces we use to play, we often think of a playground in a park, made for kids to play in, while their parents look on. We may think of a baseball field, a basketball arena, or a performance stage. This year in Design LAB, we are going to challenge that idea. What can a play space be? Who can it be made for? Where can it be located? What needs can it meet? Join us as we investigate the power innovation has to change the way we play!
2018-19 PROGRAM CALENDAR
Educator Registration Opens August 1, 2018
Volunteer Registration Opens August 15, 2018
Orientation Workshop November 19, 2018
Orientation Workshop November 20, 2018
Educator-Volunteer Teams Assigned November 30, 2018
First Classroom Visit December, 2018
Program Kick-off January 7, 2019
**Dates below are tentative**
Program Conclusion April 26, 2019
Project Drop-off April 27, 2019
Design LAB Exhibit Week April 28 – May 4, 2019
Design LAB Exhibit Jury Review April 30, 2019
Design LAB Exhibit Reception May 4, 2019
Learn about Design LAB from our Volunteers & Educators:
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.
This 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 ‘PUSH PLAY’. Students will be challenged to research, design and build models of play spaces. 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 LAB Exhibit Week where students may present their ideas, methodology and solutions.
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, Executive Director
“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