A Creativity Workshop that Aligns with Common Core Standards


city-x-kids-budapest-brainstorming-webKids in Budapest, Hungary brainstorming during a City X Project workshop. Read about City X Project in Hungary.

When we launched the City X Project in December of 2012, we knew we wanted to create an educational toolkit for teachers and other educators to use in their own classroom to replicate our workshop without needing our help. However, we had no idea where to begin aligning our lessons with new Common Core Standards.

Luckily we were able to partner with the Pearson Foundation and one of their initiatives, Project MASH, to formally align the City X Project with Common Core Standards. From their website:

PROJECT MASH is a social learning experience that challenges teachers and students to DESIGN stuff, MAKE stuff, and PLAY stuff, to ACT and WRITE, CREATE and EXPLORE.

As it turns out, the City X Project aligns with quite a few of Common Core Standards. Here are two examples.

English Language Arts Standards for Grade 5

Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).

Well, the citizen of City X are the main characters in our story-based workshop about humans settling a new planet. These characters provide a convenient vehicle for tons of alignment with Common Core Standards relating to research, empathy, and in this case, drama and/or writing.

Standards for Mathematical Practice: Model with Mathematics

Mathematically proficient students can apply the mathematics they know to solve problems arising in everyday life, society, and the workplace… They routinely interpret their mathematical results in the context of the situation and reflect on whether the results make sense, possibly improving the model if it has not served its purpose.

The City X Project teaches 3D modeling that is first based on a clay prototype, encouraging students to apply an understanding of ratios, proportions, and geometrical problem-solving in a fun way. One of steps of the Standford d.school Design Process used in the City X Project is Prototyping, throough which we encourage constant iteration on an idea. In other words, constantly improving a model if it has not served its purpose of solving a problem for a character in City X.

How can you find out about every Common Core Standard that City X Project aligns with?

We’re still working on details, but we’re nearing the release of our toolkit and it is our intention to be able to detail every Common Core Standard that is a component of the City X Project. To keep up to date you can sign up for our email newsletter here, or you may sign up just for the toolkit announcement here.