Summer of Making!
Unleash your kids’ creativity this summer
IMPORTANT: Deadline for registration is June 30th!
Let’s get the kids back in the swing of things!
Let’s get the kids back into the swing of things with project-based learning this summer. Each week students will collaborate to create something together. Ideas that the teachers have in mind stretch from building a shoebox guitar to creating a song, or even a dancing robot! Students will be challenged to design and create something they can be proud. Experienced teachers will guide students through the creation process.
About 2021 Summer Workshops
- These workshops will be in-person at our Malden location at 10 Dexter St. (across from the Beebe school).
- All workshops are 4-5 days long, during the weekdays.
- All workshops are half-days. Drop-off is 8:30-9:00 am, and Pick-up is 12:00-12:30 pm. Detailed Schedule below.
- Class size is limited to 5 students per group maximum, per week.
- Each week will focus on a project. Class project will be determined by your chosen preferences as stated in this registration, as well as student experience and ability. Each week’s project will be unique.
- Teachers will be available to answer questions via online chat outside of in-person class time for those continuing their projects at home (or just curious).
- Monday — Meet and Greet and Icebreaker Activities; Collaborative Project Design and Ideas facilitated by Mr. Devin; Initial start on Collaborative Projects
- Tuesday — Instrument Building with Warren Senders
- Wednesday and Thursday — Project Implementation with Music, Art, and Programming (See “Detailed Hourly Schedule (M, W, and Th.)” below)
- Friday — Final touch-up and showcase of Collaborative Projects
Detailed Hourly Schedule**
8:30 – 9:00 am | Drop-off
9:00 – 9:50 am | Activity (Music or Programming led by Mr. Devin)
(10-20 minute outdoor play if weather permits)
10:00 – 10:50 | Activity (Art led by Ms. Chie)
(10-20 minute outdoor play if weather permits)
11:10 – 12:00 | Activity (Music or Programming led by Mr. Devin)
12:00 – 12:30 | Pickup Time
**Tuesdays will be led by Warren Senders and the focus will be instrument building. Fridays will be final touch-ups and final showcase. Every day, Tuesday and Friday included, will include breaks for the kids.
What are “Collaborative Projects”?
MAP instructors are purposely keeping weekly goals a little bit open-ended. The rationale is this: Kids need opportunities to participate in the design process. When kids participate in the design process, they learn important professional skills, they learn creative skills, and they have fun.
What this looks like is this: MAP instructors will look at what everyone’s “Collaborative Project” preferences. (You get a chance to state them at registration, but it is ok to change your mind or to not yet know.) On Monday, MAP instructors will work with your kids to design a project (or two) for the week. It may be something like “write a new rock/folk/pop/classical song” or “create a dancing robot” or “an opera of new instruments”, but whatever it is MAP instructors have the experience and expertise to help your kids toward accomplishing their projects (yes, even the “build a robot project”. Walter Bender helps in this department).
As parents ourselves, we know how it may feel a little funny to give your kids the agency to choose their own projects, but we have found that the subjects of Music, Art, and Programming are great for kids to test new ideas, learn collaborative skills, and make mistakes (and learn from them) in a safe environment.
If this sounds like something for you, then register for summer workshops this year at MAP!
Guitar, Music, and Coding Instructor
Devin Ulibarri, known by his many students as “Mr. Devin”, has over a decade and a half of experience teaching children the basics of music. He received a Master of Guitar at New England Conservatory of Music in 2012. He is prior chair for New England Conservatory Prep School’s guitar department.
Walter Bender, expert inventor and educator has created many things over the course of his life, and guided others to do the same. As a master “Toy Maker”, Walter has also created many “things to think with” for kids to use to learn and explore.
Art and Design Instructor
Chie Yasuda is a watercolor artist based in greater Boston. She grew up, studying the basics of art, in Japan, and she received a B.A. of Drawing from the University of New Mexico.
Hover Box Element
Warren Senders, is an instructor for Music-in-Education at New England Conservatory of Music. He has given hundreds of workshops and classes for students of all ages from preschool to elders, incorporating the power of group music-making, instrument-building, and oral tradition to create transformative experiences of song and rhythm.
What precautions are you taking to prevent spread of COVID-19?
We take our community’s health very seriously. Please see our detailed FAQ at https://malden.mapflc.com/covid-19-in-person-reopening-precautions-faq/