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Raising Creatives: Kids Design Workshop Recap

I was thrilled to hold our first Kids Design! Workshop this month at the the Knoll showroom in Phoenix. Knoll was the perfect backdrop for a workshop teaching kids all of the basics of architecture. Our group ranged from kindergarten to 5th grade, which is diverse, but everyone did great wherever they were ability-wise.

The workshop had 3 components: Learning, Thinking and Making.  In the learning segment, I taught the kids about architecture including how buildings are designed and what architects need to think about to design.  In the thinking portion, the kids used a guided brainstorming activity to think through the decision-making of their design and draw what the building will look like.  In the making segment, the kids took their work from 2D to 3D by building their design out of cookies.  (And there was some eating going on, too).

I made a lot of really interesting observations about the kids during the workshop.  I often saw light bulbs go off when the kids made connections between “architecture”, which was a big and new word for a lot of them, and the way that they already knew and used architecture in real life: restaurants, their home, their school, etc. I noticed that the kids mostly had a very clear idea of where they were headed with their project.  They gravitated toward a building type such as a hospital or a restaurant with ease.  Lastly, I noticed how the kids easily could build something that looked more abstract to us but explain every detail they included- including ramps for wheel chairs. (Yes!)

I think that when we are able to provide experiential learning for kids, like this workshop, we can lay deeper memories of the information.  We moved from listening to information to thinking and applying to making with our hands.  That is 3 different touch points to understanding.

I’m looking forward to future workshops and working with more kids. I love the way kids see the world and the things that they imagine in make.  It is inspiring as a maker myself.

Happy Designing!

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