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Explore Architecture: Robotics, Perspective, Optical Illusions & Sections (Flex)

Join us as we re-imagine, draw, and build space based on robotics and the power of illusion in architecture.
Fifi Henderson
305 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 4 learners
No live meetings
Over 4 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per week

How does a "Flex" course 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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Class Experience

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.
There is no homework, although all of our projects carry the likely potential to add more details over time.
MATERIALS: All projects can be beautifully completed with paper, cardboard from a cereal box, recycled plastic, parts and pieces, string, glue and tape. Some projects come with downloadables that need to be printed and they are noted below. Pro Tip: Remember that each project features a Materials Demonstration Video and a printable Scavenger Hunt Sheet. Because these projects are designed to be flexible and unique to each student, I suggest watching the materials demonstration video before collecting your materials. Be sure to have fun! Feel free to explore other materials, colors and sizes. Don't worry about materials you don't have - find fun substitutions and keep going. Week 2: Forced Perspective Forced Perspective includes downloadable printables for learning to draw in perspective and making a 3D perspective model. You’ll also find a Scavenger Hunt video that demonstrates the process of perspective drawing and how your kiddo can work with materials they discover and procure from the house, their closet, the recycle bin, the dog bowl, the yard for their model. Week 3: Optical Illusions Optical Illusions includes downloadable images to use for the lenticular box; the student will need to make a 6" x 6" x 6" box to attach the optical illusions to. Our Demonstration video will provide some tips on creating the box and details on how your kiddo can work with the printables to complete the project.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
We encourage your learner to upload their work for instructor feedback during the week. 
No live meetings, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.


Fifi Henderson
Lives in the United States
305 total reviews
254 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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