About this project
***UPDATE: Thank you all so much for helping us reach our goal!!! We are really feeling the love. Any funds we receive over $10k will go towards providing better quality lunches, materials, and tools for the Summit. If we raise even more, we would LOVE to provide a small grant to each student group after the workshop, to support them in implementing their ideas!!! Let's see how far we can get in this final push!***
Worldwide, creative intelligence and adaptability are stifled by outdated educational models. The Youth Design Summit will build 21st century skills along with cross-cultural empathy and understanding. We are:
- Creating Global citizens: The Youth Design Summit will bring together 3 disparate student groups, many of whom have had minimal exposure to what exists "beyond the mountains."
- Developing creative changemakers: The students will build on their experience in past KIDmob workshops to critically observe, reimagine, and reinvent their world.
- Building 21st Century leaders: These students are not only creating direct solutions: they are developing the interpersonal, creative, and leadership skills needed for future success.
- Designing relevant local solutions: Each student group will present a local community challenge or opportunity to the other two groups. Over the course of the workshop, mixed student groups will co-create solutions for each community.
Your support will help us establish proof of concept for the Youth Design Summit, as a model to rethink and transform education.
The Youth Design Summit Details:
After navigating three very different school schedules, we are scheduled for April 10-15, 2014. The workshop will be held in Port-au-Prince at Haiti Communitere, a safe space and strong community where we'll have access to metal and woodworking facilities, as well as a rapid prototyping lab with 3D printers.
We'll have twenty-four students: eight from each community. KIDmob has worked with all twenty-four of these students, to lay a common foundation for this workshop. The students are 10th to 12th graders in high school. We'll have eight facilitators - a mix of Haitian and American designers - for a 3:1 student facilitator ratio. Our facilitators (or, the "mob" as we like to call them) are students or professionals in design, architecture, industrial design, construction, engineering, and other design and engineering fields. Even though we'll have 3 translators to help out as needed, we're designing this workshop to maximize direct student interaction and minimize reliance on translators. (It's a better human connection that way!)
What will my donation go towards?
Your donation will cover the cost of workshop space, workshop materials, translators, flights, travel insurance, and vaccinations for American facilitators, and curriculum development: the basic costs to run the workshop. Given the socio-economic diversity of the students invited to attend, we want to level the playing field as much as we can. We've decided to provide the workshop tuition-free to all 24 students. That's where you come in! We need your support to make the Youth Design Summit happen!
Check out the groups attending the Summit:
KIDmob's first Youth Design Summit will bring together students from rural California with two diverse Haitian groups. Each group will bring a community challenge to present to the other two student groups. Over the course of the week, the students will explore, imagine, and prototype their way to solutions for each community.
As with anyone, the students' backgrounds dictate their race, class, language, and exposure. These differences are obvious. We've had the opportunity to work with each of the three student groups, and we've seen the innate qualities that they have, regardless of background. Creativity, curiosity, and coming up with ideas - these are areas where any of these kids can excel.
We've been working in Haiti for the past year. We're proud to have set up an innovation lab (iLab // Haiti) and held workshops with the two student groups who will attend the Summit.
Haiti has an amazing cultural phenomenon called "Raboday": basically, the resourcefulness to get something done or "make it work." Raboday and daily living are detached from formal education, which comes from the French tradition and relies heavily on rote memorization and repetition. Our interest is in bridging the two: we're the link between formal education and the existing maker/raboday culture.
KIDmob has been offering design education workshops with kids since January 2011. We've got it down. The three of us Co-Directors - Kadi Franson, Tyler Pew, and Kate Ganim - met in architecture school, and found ourselves wondering why we hadn't been exposed to this incredible way of thinking and doing earlier on in our lives. We've grown the "mob" to include over thirty passionate designers, engineers, and educators.
At KIDmob, this is what we do:
And this is how we do it. These are the eight components that make up the design process. They are non-linear and happen multiple times over a project. In practice, the design process is messy, energetic, and different for each person.
Risks and challenges
Things in Haiti work very differently than they do in the US. Things never go smoothly or as planned - it's incredible to see the range of obstacles that appear. Adaptability is a HUGE part of KIDmob's process: it's what we like to call "The Wild Card." (See the "Design Process," above) This is a big part of why we have been interested in Haiti. Being able to adapt and respond to the circumstances, resources, and infrastructure as it changes is the only way to get anything done there.
We are certain that risks and challenges will come up. We'll assess and adapt and - more importantly, have the kids assess and adapt. Those opportunities are golden for developing that invaluable skill set. We have already had success establishing iLab // Haiti, an innovation lab boasting Haiti's first two 3D printers, and we've trained locals on that technology. We've completed two student workshops there. So far, we've been very successful with our projects in Haiti, and we have an idea of what we're getting into.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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