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Explore Architecture: Marble Run (Live)

In this maker-based workshop, we harness the energy of Marble Run for architectural ideas like itinerary, sequential movement and moments of interest. Learners build a multi-level inhabitable space of movement using the tools of Marble Run.
Fifi Henderson
305 total reviews for this teacher
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55 minutes
per class
Meets once
8-12
year olds
3-12
learners per class
per learner

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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 Marble Run, we focus on how everyday objects (like toys) and simple geometries can inspire creativity in the built environment. We use architecture to bring to life imaginative ideas that encourage problem solving, big and small. Students practice fine motor skills and empathy while working to connect several parts and pieces to create a convincing habitable design. 
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.
Marble Run can be completed using only: paper clear tape or masking tape scissors and a marble. We will be demonstrating with: paper clear tape or masking tape scissors 1-5 paper plates paper cups paper towel tubes Some alternative materials to consider: Cardstock Craft Sticks Small recyclables like yogurt containers or egg cartons Pool noodles (to cut in half)
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
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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