Category: Design

5 Interactive Events for Creative Kids

5 Interactive Events for Creative Kids

Creative kids are tough to keep engaged– they’re always on to the next thing! This can be a challenge for many parents who want to fill their students’ lives outside of school with relevant, educational activities.

Beyond your kid’s regular extracurriculars, contests and conferences are a great way to explore your kids’ interests! If you missed our post on STEAM contests for kids, check it out here. Today, we’ll cover six events that make a great enrichment activity for creative kids.

1. LEGO Kids Fest

What? LEGO Kids Fest is a 3-day event filled with fun interactive, creative and educational activities for the whole family. It’s a hands-on event where kids of all ages can make awesome creations with LEGOs and participate in other activities like rock climbing, art projects, and feats of engineering.

Who? LEGO Kids Fest is great for kids and families of all ages!

Where? When? The Fest travels around North America each year. Check their schedule to see when it stops in a city near you.

Why kids will love it: LEGO Kids Fest brings a hands-on approach to creating creators. Through the various activities offered at the Fest, each kid is sure to create something awesome during the event.

2. Young Innovators Fair

What? The Young Innovators Fair is an event that brings science, technology, engineering, and math to the forefront for kids. The Fair offers ten distinct Innovation Worlds focused on themes like robots and coding, with a variety of exhibits, activities, and experiments for kids.

Who? Young innovators ages K-12 are encouraged to attend!

Where? When? The Young Innovators Fair just passed but stay tuned to their website to see when the next event will happen!

Why kids will love it: With over 40 exhibits and attractions, kids are sure to find an activity that appeals to their interests. From launching their own rocket to learning about dinosaurs, there’s something for everyone!

3. Maker Faire

What? Also known as the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth, Maker Faire is part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new! According to their website, Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.

Who? Maker Faire gives people of all ages a chance to be makers of art, technology, or whatever sparks their interest. They also sponsor the Young Makers program, which gives kids ages 8 to 18 a space to be makers in their own communities.

Where? When? Started in 2006 in San Francisco, Maker Faire has quickly become a national phenomenon, with approximately 150 Faires all over the country last year! Find an upcoming fair near you here.

Why kids will love it: At the 10th Annual Maker Faire, there were ten workshops designed specifically for kids, including a chance for kids to create their own electronic circuit, as well as a station for kids to try their hand at woodworking. Each Maker Faire offers a new, unique experience to inspire kids and adults alike to become Makers.

4. Kids Hack Day

What? Kids Hack Day is a global series of events that give kids the chance to be creative and innovative as they invent new technologies. It’s a one-day event where kids come together to hack and make new uses of everyday items.

Who? Kids of all ages!

Where? When? Kids Hack Day has held events all over the world, from San Francisco to Sydney! The next one is happening in Sweden and you can check out their website for upcoming events.

Why kids will love it: Kids Hack Day encourages kids to think differently about the uses of items they encounter every day. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience for kids globally!

5. USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo

What? The USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo is a national science fair that aims to put the spotlight on STEM subjects. At this free event, over 1,000 STEM organizations will present hands-on science and engineering activities for people of all ages.

Who? All ages!

Where? When? The Expo will take place on April 16-17, 2016, in Washington, D.C. Find out all you need to know about attending here!

Why kids will love it: As one of the largest STEM events in the country, the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo, is a dream come true for creative kids. It’ll take the two full days to experience all of the activities and exhibits available for kids, so plan accordingly!

Events and fairs are a great way to encourage kids’ creativity and empower them to become creators. Any of these events is sure to be a great experience for the whole family!

Fashion Design – New York Fashion Week

Fashion Design – New York Fashion Week

To all of our fashion design friends out there! This past week was a big event, September 8 – 15, New York kicked off the fashion world’s global tour of all things avant garde, couture, and on trend for many acclaimed designers’ 2017 Spring lines. This year’s shows included works from couture mainstays, large retail chains, and lots of newcomers trying to make waves in their NYFW debut.

This season’s collections saw lots of creativity from use of vibrant colors, bold prints, and mixtures of textures. The hybrid athleisure (athletics + leisure) wear has shown its longevity with a strong statement from a familiar brand having it’s fashion week debut, Under Armour.

This year was collaborations. Recording artist Rihanna joined forces with athletic apparel group Puma to create Fenty X Puma and model, Gigi Hadid, took a leading role with design house Tommy Hilfiger for TOMMYXGIGI.

With all of the excitement that engulfs New York City over the course of this week and trends to follow, a staple of the weekly semi-annual event is the interpretations of fashion expressed on the pavement runways of the city.

As published by New York Times, here are some of the best outfits outside of the main events:

NY Times Best of Street Style – NYFW 2016

We are so excited about this past week, it is time for us to create our own designs! Time to login to our Fashion Design 1 course to get a jumpstart in the fashion design industry. Fashion Design 1

Now that we have seen what New York had to offer – we are anticipating great things from London, Milan, Paris, and YOU!

 

Why I Love to Create: Sofie

Why I Love to Create: Sofie

I like to create because I am a right brained person. I am the creative soul who needs to burst out, for others fear to do so. I feel it’s my calling to use my creative skills for the good of others and hopefully bring out the good in others!

Where I mainly put my talent is in animation. Since I was young, I was marveled by the illusion of life created by animation. Over the years, I have found it a coping mechanism for my anxiety, I found a soothing rhythm in frame by frame 2D animation and the bounciness of 3D animation. My creation through animation has lead me to write screenplays and short stories, I even plan to start my own productions company when I’m older in hopes to inspire others to create!

My passion will burn with me for the rest of my life, and hope that one day my works are looked upon with the same awe that I have when I look upon another’s creation. I love to create!

Fashion Design 101: A Guide for Parents

Fashion Design 101 A Guide for Parents

Whether you’re an avid Project Runway fan or if you dread shopping for new clothes, fashion is an integral part of our everyday lives. Different styles, patterns, and colors are only a few of the choices we make when it comes to getting dressed in the morning. But have you ever thought about the process that creates fashion? It’s likely that more skill and effort went into the shirt and shoes you’re wearing than you presume.

Maybe you have a young fashion fan at home, or are simply curious about the technology and skills required to be a fashion designer. Today, we’ll be taking a look into the world of fashion design and why parents should nurture their kids’ interest in it. Continue reading “Fashion Design 101: A Guide for Parents”

An Introduction to the Design Process: Kid Edition

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Design thinking is generally defined as the process through which designers and engineers create something new. It’s not just for professionals, though; you’re using design thinking whenever you find a new way to solve a problem.
Parents can give their kids a head start by teaching them the design process.  Once kids have mastered the steps, there are plenty of activities that allow kids to practice the process. You may be surprised to find how many projects can be solved using the design process! From hands-on craft projects to digital creations, kids can apply design thinking in many different arenas of their lives. Continue reading “An Introduction to the Design Process: Kid Edition”