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Do Skyscrapers Scrape the Sky?
An ArchForKids Podcast Appearance
ArchForKids President and Founder Janny Gédéon is featured in an episode of the But Why? A Podcast for Curious Kids series produced by Vermont Public Radio. During Do Skyscrapers Scrape the Sky? Janny answers kids’ questions about tall towers: how are they built? How do they stay up? Why are so many buildings square or rectangular in shape? How do they make buildings that are taller than cranes?
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River Journal Feature: Revisioning Sleepy Hollow’s Vacant Spaces with Local Teens
In November 2021 we invited over 30 middle and high school students to reimagine real-life vacant spaces in the Village of Sleepy Hollow. Over the course of a 2-day design charrette the teens used the design process to brainstorm, sketch and create 3D models of their visions in groups with the help of an adult mentor working in the fields of architecture, engineering and city planning. At the end of the program each group presented their project. Read a feature in the River Journal about the project here.
Panama City FL Youth Charrette
Working remotely, ArchForKids facilitated a two-week charrette with Panama City teens. The challenge: to re-envision the city’s parks. Over 20 participants, split into six teams, constructed models of their ideal parks. They presented their designs to the City Commision, and the models were displayed at the Panama City Center for the Arts. Our partners in this project were the LEAD Coalition of Bay County and the City of Panama City. Read a feature about the project here. See additional articles here and here.
Artworks Build a Village video
This one-minute video that features ArchForKids leading its Build a Village activity at an event for ArtWorks – the Naomi Cohain Foundation. Artworks provides children and young adults facing chronic and life-limiting illnesses access to empowering and expressive art programs. Learn more here.
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
High Line Blog: Q & A with ArchForKids
The High Line, a regular partner of ArchForKids, interviewed the founding partners. We discuss how our venture started and our approach to learning.
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.
For the Love of Learning
ArchForKids 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.
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:
The Value of Critical Thinking
ArchForKids co-founder Janny Gédéon reflects on the importance of developing young peoples’ critical thinking skills for success in school, careers and life in general.
I’m not saying that educators shouldn’t encourage a stunning end product, but the how and why of getting there is key. Teachers should allow their students to make mistakes, apply different strategies to discover meaning, question their process, and nurture the critical thinking skills necessary not only for the assignment at hand, but also for their future success as contributors to society.
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.
What is Project Based Learning?
ArchForKids co-founder Janny Gédéon explains project-based learning, which is incorporated in all our learning experiences.
An overview of our design challenge with the Association of Haitian & American Engineers:
Rivertowns Enterprise – Inside Education
Intergenerational Program with Dobbs Ferry seniors and middle schoolers.