City of the Future: First Class at Tam High

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City of the Future: First Class at Tam High
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Image by fabola
We had a great first class for our City of the Future project with our Maker Art students at Tam High School.

We have a great group of eight middle school students, ages 12 to 14 in this fun after-school course in a state-of-the-art wood shop.

In the next two months, students will create a City of the Future together, using arts and electronics to make a model of what our world could be like in 100 years. They will build a futuristic home with a cardboard ‘wonderbox’ and animated characters, bringing them to life with lights, sounds and motion.

We discussed these questions together in our first planning session:
• What will life be like in 100 years?
• What city will we build?
• Who will live there?
• How will our lives change?

The children had lots of great ideas on all these points, and came up with a post-apocalyptic scenario following a global nuclear war. In their city of the future, the rich are separated from the poor, who work underwater to mine the sea floor and plot a rebellion against a government run by machines. On a hopeful note, more kids sided with the poor than the rich, and there were plans to connect their minds together and revive extinct species.

Students started designing their own boxes and characters right away, as shown in this photo set. Next week, they will start building futuristic homes with cardboard wonderboxes.

Through this course, students will develop a range of skills, from creative expression to science and engineering (STEAM). And they will learn to create their own interactive art with simple electronics, in a playful way that makes learning more fun.

View more photos of our Maker Art course at Tam High:

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Here is the course schedule for the Tam High students:

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195 James Oviatt Building
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Image by The City Project
Designed by Joseph Feil of Feil & Paradise and opened in 1928, the building is recognized as a superb example of Art Deco design. The building features outstanding works by the French glass maker René Lalique.

Visit the interactive maps and images about Monuments: Diversity, Democracy and Freedom by The City Project.

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Maker Projects
Image by Thomas Forsyth
Graphic designer / illustrator Owen Gildersleeve and product designer / maker Thomas Forsyth have joined forces to create two hand-carved skateboard decks. The boards have been created using traditional wood-carving techniques and 100% Eco Friendly decks from British skateboard manufacturer ‘Faltown Skateboards’.

The two boards will be exhibited in the Stolenspace Gallery, London from 25th – 30th August 2009, alongside many other talented artists and illustrators work for ‘The Decked Project’.

More information can be found their websites:

Also check out the tests and experiments section on Thomas’s Flickr:

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