The City X Project focuses on kids, creativity, and empowerment. It was a natural fit for us to partner with The Children’s Creativity Museum, an interactive art and technology museum for kids located in downtown San Francisco, to run a portion of our City X Project workshop. The Creativity Museum says this about themselves:
We envision a world where creativity, collaboration and communication inspire new ideas and innovative solutions. We believe that the success of the next generation will hinge not only on what they know, but also on their ability to think and act creatively as global citizens.
Yes, yes, and yes!
Here at City X, we love the Creativity Museum. I’ve been spending some time there over the past few weeks learning about their design programming and running small test workshops for City X. One of their tenets is that creativity doesn’t happen in a vacuum. They’re not kidding about that, and they’ve been truly wonderful to collaborate with.
A couple weeks ago Brent, a colleague from HacKidemia, and I sat in on one of the museum’s design field trips with a class of second graders. The facilitator walked students through the design process using a very similar framework to City X’s December workshops. Later in the week I met with Heather, the developer of that program. Her focus is to unlock creativity and encourage divergent thinking by introducing kids to the design process. She emphasizes brainstorming, prototyping, user feedback, and pitches (recorded with flipcams) in her workshops. Like us, she’s had difficulty implementing the empathy and definition steps of the design process with young kids. (Tips? We’d love to hear about it!) On Saturday I set up in the museum’s annex with some iPads and ran two short workshops to begin testing the City X story.
A few lessons learned:
Another big thanks to the Children’s Creativity Museum for being so open and helpful! City X looks forward to collaborating with you again soon.