Following the breadcrumbs of links from the Inquiry Hub “vision of the future” story submission (thanks!), we learn about the Lifelong Kindergarden Lab for kids nestled inside MIT’s Media Lab. Their mission states:
”In one corner of the Media Lab, students are designing new musical instruments. In another corner, students are designing new social-networking software. This type of activity makes the Media Lab not just a good research lab, but a good place for learning, since people learn a great deal when they are actively engaged in designing, creating, and inventing things.
Unfortunately, most children don’t get the opportunity to engage in these types of creative activities. In school, they learn specific facts and skills, but rarely get the opportunity to design things — or to learn about the process of designing things. Outside school, they interact with electronic toys and games, but they don’t learn how to invent new ones.
In the Lifelong Kindergarten group, we’re trying to change that. We believe that it is critically important for all children, from all backgrounds, to grow up knowing how to design, create, and express themselves.”
They also host after-school centers where young people (ages 10-18) from low-income communities learn to express themselves.
Photo credit: Closeup of Lifelong Kindergarten Lab by sayamindu