Innovation in the 21st Century requires people who are as creative as designers, as tech savvy as scientists and engineers and as driven as entrepreneurs. WayFinders, connecting 2 the I.E. (innovation economy) is designed to help students begin developing these skills in an integrated manner.
Applications are now being accepted. Notification of acceptance begins on 5/12.
Grades: Rising 7th-10th gradeDates: July 10 - August 11, M-FHours: 10am - 4pm, Students participating in Cambridge Public Schools Summer Morning Math BRIDGE program may attend afternoon sessions only. All others are expect to attend from 10am - 4pm.
Cost: FREEProgram is contingent on Funding. Anticipated funding approvals by mid-April.
Location: Cambridge Public Library (Main Library) 449 Broadway Cambridge, MASpace is limited.
Eligibility Info: A desire to learn about Design, Science, Technology and Business. Youth 14+ may be able to apply for funding through Cambridge Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program. Priority given to Students in Cambridge’s Summer Morning Math BRIDGE Program or CPS students already on Advanced Math Track. Must be available to attend all 5 weeks.
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Students are immersed into the world of innovation. Mornings are spent on Math, Science and Design fundamentals. Afternoons are devoted to Real Projects that will exist in real-world.
Project: WayFinders - connecting 2 the I.E. (innovation economy). Wayfinding refers to an information system that guides people through the physical environment. Students will work in conjunction with Designers, Engineers and Business people to design a digital media library and signage system that will connect youth with the Cambridge’s rich history and its booming innovation economy.
Program Mentors will engage students in a research process, helping them get to know their neighborhood through observation, interviews with local people, and walking the streets. Students will be given the tools needed to design wayfinding signs that propose an alternative perspective on everyday spaces. Stories will be told from the youth’s perspective, reflecting their perception of their neighborhood.
Skills learned include: Ethnographic Research, Oral Histories, Video production, Audio production, Graphic Design, Web Design, App Design, Mapping and more.
The Summer program will structured as:
Morning Session: 10am - 12:00pm, Math, Science & Creativity Skills Building. Afternoon Session: 12:45pm - 4pm, Project Studio
Students participating in Cambridge Public Schools Summer Morning Math BRIDGE may attend afternoon sessions only. All others are expected to be in attendance the entire day.
innovators4purpose (iFp) is an educational nonprofit organization based in Cambridge. We believe tomorrow’s innovators must be as creative as designers, as tech savvy as scientists and engineers and as driven as entrepreneurs. Our mission is to inspire youth, especially those in underserved communities, to develop the skills and drive to participate in the innovation economy.