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The Courage And Influence Of Children

The Courage And Influence Of Children

Art therapy, or utilizing art and materials to express one’s thoughts, feelings and emotions through creative processes, can be especially beneficial for children and adolescents. Anyone can use art therapy to explore and manage emotional states, and it is helpful to children who may not yet be able to, or might not prefer to, communicate about issues that may be more readily expressed through various mediums. There is no right or wrong answer in art therapy, and it can be used in conjunction with or without other therapies to address a range of conditions, emotions and everyday concerns. One great example of how… read more

Learn More About The World With Journey North

Learn More About The World With Journey North

Wading through educational websites to find the quality ones can be time consuming. Journey North is a terrific, nature and earth focused resource for teachers, homeschool families and children. From The Annenberg Foundation, it offers a global-wide study of the seasons and wildlife migration for students, grades kindergarten through high school, and is also open to the interested public. The goal is to gather and encourage proactive learning within the community of online citizen scientists. Learners can share actual field experience and observations with other students in different parts of the world. The network of classrooms all work together to track… read more

This Vest Can Sense Your Mood While Reading

This Vest Can Sense Your Mood While Reading

Reading enthusiasts can be drawn into books and become engrossed with their characters. However, this curious design from a team of students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology takes this idea and puts it into action. The project, called Sensory Fiction, is designed to take the reader through the emotional experiences of becoming completely engaged in a novel. Felix Heibeck, Alexis Hope and Julie Legault are the creators of the conceptual design. The slightly uncomfortable looking harness is a fully functioning prototype developed for a course project at the university called Science Fiction to Science Fabrication. The reader wears the vest… read more

Everyday Utility At The Nakai House

Everyday Utility At The Nakai House

The Nakai House is an energy efficient and economical production that is proof that a lifestyle design can be done on a budget, and with time restrictions. It was built in only 80 days, and the set finances for the plan, $25,000, was maintained. DesignBuildBLUFF, a nonprofit extension in Utah who works with local universities is behind the design. They provide architectural students the opportunity to learn firsthand in the field by enlisting them on teams for help with their construction projects, developing sustainably built homes for residents of the Navajo reservation. This not only allows students to enhance their skillsets, but… read more

The Sustainability Workshop

The Sustainability Workshop

Chloe Meineck, an innovative designer and researcher, has her hands in many projects. Her scientifically based designs have received much attention, and her Music Memory Box has recently won the Most Innovative Product Award from Brighton Enterprise. Another project that she put into action last year called the Sustainability Workshop is intended for use as a resource for teaching students about carbon emissions. Designed for children ages 2 through 6, it features hands on activities that provide children visual experiences to go along with the lessons so that they can grasp the concept. The workshop, which is aimed at school audiences, includes different facets… read more

There’s A 3rd Teacher In This Classroom

There’s A 3rd Teacher In This Classroom

Sometimes interior design can tend focus on the home or even in places where a lot of time is spent, like the office. However, one model places emphasis on a vital space that can often be overlooked – the classroom. The overall environment in a classroom can have a significant impact on the learning process, and can even affect the way that teachers instruct and how students interact. This is a key concept in the environment as the third teacher model. Advanced by Reggio Emilia, the concept of the environment as an important teacher is used in many preschool settings…. read more

Micro Flats Are Becoming A Big Option For Students

Micro Flats Are Becoming A Big Option For Students

Student housing has changed a lot in the last decade. Architects and designers have made attempts to update temporary accommodations, allowing affordability, style and a mix of ecofriendly features. These student flats represent all of the above, and the amenities are interestingly packed into some fairly compact spaces. This new construction model is from the Tengbom architectural firm and is meant to be a cost efficient and sustainable use of space for student living. The layout was reduced from the size of other current student housing arrangements, and a lot of specifications had to be incorporated into a small space,… read more

The Living Room Project

The Living Room Project

Growing, living things are all around us. Industrial design students Merjan Tara Sisman and Brian McClellan have taken note of this, and fused the scientific laboratory with furniture design creating an experiment with an interesting outcome. Their brainchild, The Living Room Project, shows how living organisms can be manipulated and engineered into specific shapes. While they were looking into different organisms for their thesis project, they stumbled upon the unique rooting structure of mushrooms. Forming mycelium, or mushroom roots, into various shapes may sound complicated and a little peculiar, but the completely natural process is actually fairly simple. Looking into the way… read more

A New, Plastic-Eating Bacteria

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Students (and friends) Jeanny Yao and Miranda Wang, have recently discovered a bacteria that can degrade phthalates, a common plasticizer. The discovery was made while conducting research as part of the Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada, a national competition in science. All plastic, including the recycle-able varieties, are unable to biodegrade in a landfill. Plastic will break down, sure, but it never truly disperses once in the anaerobic environment of a landfill. Additionally, it will release large amounts of methane as it idly wastes away. Such is also the case with so-called “bio-degradable” plastic. This is a problem when you consider… read more

The New Look Of Temporary Learning Spaces

The New Look Of Temporary Learning Spaces

Temporary school buildings exist for many reasons such as natural disasters, building repairs or to provide extra space for overcrowded schools. Though meant to be short-term some actually stay up for many years. Numerous temporary classrooms exist worldwide, and there are 300,000 in the U.S. alone that must accommodate an estimated 7.5 million students. Since they are in fact constructed to fill an interim need, sometimes they can be less than quality fabrications which can make them susceptible to many issues. That’s where Perkins+Will, an architecture and design firm, steps in. Taking this often overlooked problem and making it their… read more