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WPIX-TV news feature
See ArchForKids co-founder Janny Gedeon in action during an afterschool program at PS149 in Brooklyn.
Pictured at right: Janny Gedeon and PIX11 reporter Ayana Henry
What the Design Process Can Teach Kids
Find out why the design process used by architects and engineers is a fantastic learning tool for young people. Article written by Michael Bettencourt for ArchForKids. https://www.noodle.com/articles/what-the-design-process-can-teach-kids
Co-founder Janny Gédéon was featured on the web-based show, For the Love of Learning: Voices of the Alternative Education Movement. Janny and two other guests explained how and why they use Project-Based Learning to spark student engagement and achievement. View it here.
Innovative Educational Programs: ArchForKids
Read an interview with the three ArchForKids partners to learn about their inspirations, goals and what they think is missing from education today:
We found out that a lot of kids need to sharpen problem-solving skills. When they can’t figure something out, they go to the adult and say, “I can’t do this, can you do it for me?” So by doing group work, they actually help each other solve the challenges we pose. They’re thinking for themselves, and they come up with their own solutions. It is not about the right or wrong solution, it’s more open-ended, as in, “What is my interpretation of this?” ArchForKids is not teacher-driven, it’s student-driven.
The Value of Critical Thinking
ArchForKids co-founder Janny Gédéon reflects on the importance of developing young peoples’ critical thinking skills: http://www.noodle.com/articles/the-value-of-critical-thinking
From STEM to STEAM: In Defense of the Creative Critical Thinker
STEM [Science Technology Engineering Math] is important. STEAM [with the ‘a’ for art & design] is even better. ArchForKids co-founder Karen Orloff explains why: https://www.noodle.com/articles/stem-vs-steam-in-defense-of-the-creative-critical-thinker
Successful people cannot merely possess knowledge: They must be problem-solvers and innovators. The creative aspect of learning cannot be ignored. Through project-based learning and hands-on activities focused on the application of knowledge rather than memorization, students are taught to work in teams, grow and adapt to changing industries, and provide solutions for problems large and small.
ArchForKids co-founder Janny Gédéon explains Project-Based Learning:
An overview of our design challenge with the Association of Haitian & American Engineers:
Intergenerational Program with Dobbs Ferry seniors and middle schoolers:
Rivertowns Enterprise: Inside Education
Community Planning for Kids in Rivertowns Daily Voice
ArchForKids design challenges
Articles about our Chair Masters Design Studio
Rivertowns Enterprise, Kids Sit for Crash Course on Form, Function: Enterprise
The results, unveiled before an audience of parents, were pretty impressive. There was a double-seater chair, a regal “King’s Throne,” a chaise longue with built-in cup holder, and the “Monster Mama,” as functional as it was decorative, the chair decked out in every color of the rainbow.
Rivertowns Daily Voice:
Inside the Rivertowns Magazine: InsideRivertowns.8-2013