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Explore Architecture: Jungle Treehouse (LIVE)

In this maker-based workshop, we explore the landscapes and architecture of Central and South America as the basis for our own modern treehouse design.
Fifi Henderson
305 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 5 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
Class
55 minutes
per class
Meets once
8-12
year olds
3-18
learners per class
per learner

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Live video chat, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
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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.  

In Jungle Treehouse, we focus on using historical context as a design tool while introducing modern concepts of rainforest preservation, sustainable architecture, environment stewardship and ecotourism. Students practice fine motor skills and empathy while working to connect several parts and pieces to create a convincing habitable tree house. 
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.
There is no homework, although all of our projects carry the likely potential to add more details over time.
 2 files available upon enrollment
We will be demonstrating some basic modelling ideas for starting your own treehouse with these simple materials: It's a good idea to have: colored paper a cereal box bamboo skewers masking tape scissors Feel free to think outside the box! Having other materials just for fun and embellishment is great too. Here are some ideas: sticks from the yard dowels clothespins smoothfoam (for a base) bamboo skewers fabric (for a canopy or hammock) pom poms for fun forest flora and fauna artificial plants, leaves, flowers string (making a terrifying treetop canopy rope bridge or zip line?) straws balloons popsicle sticks
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.

Teacher

Fifi Henderson
🇺🇸
Lives in the United States
PhD, LEED AP
305 total reviews
249 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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