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Explore Architecture: Dragon's Lair Viking Village (Flex)

In this maker-based workshop, learners explore the mythical Viking world from How to Train Your Dragon as inspiration for designing their own Viking Longhouse based on real Viking Longships.
Fifi Henderson
305 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 2 learners
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No live meetings
Over 4 weeks
8-12
year olds
3-12
learners per class
per learner - per week

How does aFlexible Schedulecourse work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

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Wicked Workshop is a maker-based program that introduces youth to architecture through reality-based projects that tackle "wicked" problems like inadequate housing and environmental health. We teach decision-making strategies, complex problem solving, and critical thinking methods recognized as vital 21st century skills necessary to succeed in work, life and citizenship through a straightforward hands-on curriculum based on authentic projects that foster independent thinking, self-directed learning, exploration, iteration and creativity.  
Wicked workshop is taught by Phyllis (Fifi) Henderson.  A mom to two active girls, an architect and an educator, Fifi creates learning experiences opportunities that build self-esteem, independence and critical thinking skills.  As an educator with a PhD in architectural history and theory, she recognized that Design Thinking was being used outside of professional design practice to help resolve issues in multiple industries including business and societal sectors.  Design Thinking is a non-linear, strategy-based process for problem solving that tackles issues through empathy and iterative hands-on making. It was developed by Stanford University’s “d” school for people in business, higher education, the public sector and K-12 education as a process to create real change. As an architect, Fifi practiced this methodology and recognized it as a direct extension of her traditional university architecture school curriculum. After completing her PhD, she decided to scale that learning experience for a younger audience. Working with kids on big problems has been one of the most rewarding aspects of her career and she is continually energized by the ideas, dynamism and joy that kids bring to wicked problems.
This Flex class is designed for students to work independently at their own pace with regularly scheduled instructor feedback.
Materials: Anything goes! Here are a few suggestions for the Viking house, Dragons lair and the village: A Smoothfoam base Sticks from outside Bamboo skewers Burlap A cereal box or chip board Corks Faux fur Floral supplies Artificial flowers Buttons Tissue paper Poly fill Paper tubes Rafia Wire string For the construction of the Dragons: Wired Faux Fur Ribbons Floral supplies Paper tubes Googly eyes Wooden beads (for eyes?) Pipe cleaners Wooden sticks or skewers For bonus fun, add 1:50 scale figures. You can find them at craft stores in the model train section or online. Here are the ones I use from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QIIL3ZE/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
No live meetings, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.

Teacher

Fifi Henderson
🇺🇸
Lives in the United States
PhD, LEED AP
305 total reviews
248 completed classes

About Me

I’m a mom to two active girls, an architect and an educator.  As a mom, I spend a lot of time looking for opportunities for my girls to build self-esteem, independence and critical thinking skills.  As an educator with a PhD in architectural... 
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