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July 30, 2020 | Center News
Over the past three years, the Center for Architecture and Design has shifted its programming priorities in order to expand our K-12 educational program offerings. As part of our Strategic Plan, we asserted: We believe every student deserves access to design education. And we've been working hard to live up to our beliefs. We expanded our in-class Architecture in Education program, we offered more Saturday Family workshops on all types of design, and we strengthened our partnerships with other student-focused organizations to incorporate design education to as many young people as possible. In both 2018 and 2019, we served over 1,000 kids. In 2020, the inability to gather together presented a challenge -- how are we going to get our content and our terrific volunteer architects and designers in front of students?? We knew we had to create virtual content and adapt our Architecture in Education curriculum to allow students to follow along by themselves or with family members. We partnered with over 40 organizations and delivered material kits, workbooks and corresponding instructional videos to over 1,700 students this summer. And now, we are providing this information available to everyone to use and share. You'll have to download our Summer...more
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February 12, 2020 | Center News, Explore + Learn, Buzz About the Center
Have a passion for architecture, urban planning, and design? Join our crew of volunteers to inspire the next generation of thoughtful designers! Over the past two years, the Center has worked to increase design educational programming for K-12 students in Philadelphia. Our activities took place in public school classrooms, as part of summer camps at Philly rec centers, at the Center for Architecture and Design, and in partnership with other child-focused groups from around the city. Since 2018, we’ve engaged approximately 2,000 children through these fun, hands-on, STEAM themed activities, all of which are based on a curriculum that uses Architecture as a medium to understand a variety of school subjects: 14 six-week Architecture in Education in-classroom workshops in Philadelphia Public Schools, grades K-6 6 summer camps at Recreation Centers around the city in partnership with the Barnes Foundation 1 six-week career discovery camp at Roberto Clemente Middle School in partnership with Congreso de Latinos Unidos 36 two-hour Free Design Workshops for families on first Saturdays at the Center 1 one-day career-discovery experience for girls at a real architecture firm in partnership with Girls, Inc. 2 DesignPhiladelphia Kidsfest weekends full of activities in partnership with Smith Playground and Cherry Street...more
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July 27, 2018 | Center News, Explore + Learn
Seeking: Philadelphia-based K-12 teachers + volunteer architects and architecture students The beloved Architecture in Education programs returns to Philadelphia schools this fall! The program, which pairs a K-12 classroom teacher with two to three volunteer architects and architecture students, introduces children to the fields of architecture, urban planning, and design once a week for 4-8 weeks. We are seeking both teachers interested in bringing this program into their classroom and architects and architecture students interested in volunteering once a week for 4-8 weeks in a Philadelphia school. We believe every student should have access to design education and that a diverse design community is more responsive and accountable to the people it designs for. This program seeks to support both of those goals. If you are an architect or architecture student interested in volunteering in a classroom, please fill out our Volunteer Form and select the "K-12 Education" option If you are a teacher interested in bringing this program to your classroom, please email [email protected] with the following information: Your name Your school name Your classroom grade level Contact information for both you and your school principal A two-hour training session for interested teachers and volunteers will be held at...more