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City of the Future: First Class
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We had a great first class for our City of the Future project with our Maker Art students at the Lycée Français in Sausalito.
In this new ‘maker art’ course, 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 an overall plan. They would like to build a floating city that is partly underwater, partly above water, with a tropical beach. They think of it as a vacation resort for rich people, with cruises and entertainment that would cost a lot of money.
Inhabitants would include old rich snobs with extra body parts, mutant shark people, human clones, robot maids, green aliens and magic dolphins that used to be extinct. The city would have underwater taxis and rocket wheelchairs as well as a school for all ages. There would also be a space elevator for going to the moon, Mars or beyond. We discussed building tubes that could lead to a Moon Hotel at the top of the exhibit.
Students started designing their own boxes and characters right away, as shown in this photo set (note that photos of children are kept private until we get permission from their parents to make them public).
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.
Learn more about our City of the Future course: fabriceflorin.com/2016/02/23/city-of-the-future/
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