The Art & Design Thinking Camp engages middle school students in exploring design thinking processes, visual art and digital tools. Students work individually and collaboratively in teams as they explore various art projects, documenting their own learning, discovery and synthesis of design thinking. Students present their projects at a weekly showcase, which provides an opportunity for students to explain their design processes and receive feedback from family members, design professionals, artists, and camp staff. Each week of camp has a different theme and the camp day is divided into two parts - Focused Learning and Tinker Time. The projects/activities provide students the opportunity to practice and enhance their academic skills, and while all of the projects have academic components, the focus is on the process rather than the end result. This allows students to develop their artistry and encourages them to think outside the box and follow their ideas in whatever direction they want. All camp activities are aligned to the appropriate Common Core Standards.
Focused time is where campers learn skills specific to each week and where weekly projects are introduced. This is also when guest speakers and artists share activities with campers.
Tinker Time is a block of time for the campers to explore what they choose. They can delve into bot creation, sewing circuitry, CAD design, 3D printing, and gaming design in Scratch, and many other activities. A variety of resources, tools and materials will be available to them in this self-directed exploratory time. Some of the software tools used are: Scratch, SketchUp, Sculptris, Inkscape, Audacity, Movie Maker, Repper, and Tinkercad. Included in the tools accessible will be MakeyMakey, Little Bits, Strawbee and Quirkbots.
Above: Camp week badges for 2016. Below: some of the skills badges we will be awarding campers for specific assessed maker skills at the end of each camp week. Campers will have the opportunity to learn skills in both Focused Learning Time and in Tinker Time blocks of the day.