Student Design Days are 2-hour workshops for Grade 3-8 groups visiting BSA Space on Atlantic Wharf. Programs enable students to work with professional architects on hands on design projects. Programs begin with an exhibition tour, neighborhood walk or interactive slide presentation and end with a hands-on design project for student teams.
Location: BSA Space is located at 290 Congress St. Boston MA 02140, one block from South Station.
Ages: Grades 3-8
Schedule: 2 hr visits are available between 10:00 am – 4:30 pm Monday- Friday.
Cost: $120 for up to 8 students. $12 for each additional child up to 25 maximum.
“Learning By Design’s Student Design Day is the perfect combination of children getting the chance to use their imagination while learning about real life practices in a very hands on way. The staff led our children through the exhibit halls and into the creation room with a sense that they were no longer elementary school kids, but budding designers whose ideas and input could change the future. This is a one of a kind learning experience being offered in the Boston area that I know our program will return to again and again.” ~ Jennifer Oconnor, After School Director Newton MA
Program Themes (please contact us for custom offerings):
Exhibition Program: Tour the current exhibition @ BSA Space and complete a hands-on design project based on the tour. See bsaspace.org for the current exhibition.
Design Along the Waterfront: Take a walk around our downtown neighborhood (actual or through images weather dependent) then create a new place or space for our neighborhood.
LEGO City: Using LEGO’s DUPLO blocks as an urban design tool, students will plan a new neighborhood for Boston based on the principals of the City of Boston’s Imagine Boston 2030 planning process.
Green Architecture: Learn about how architects and designers consider their relationship with the natural world when designing places and spaces. Then create your own innovative green building using recycled materials.
Bridge Design: Students will learn about the many bridges spanning our waterways, then teams of students will create their own bridge for our city.
My Ideal Space: Sometimes bigger is not always better. Students will learn about how design – shape, color, size, materials, and character – can influence how a space is used and enjoyed then design their personal space to suit their needs, with given constraints.
Archi-Math: Students will learn how architects use math in their design process then hone their scale and measurement skills to create a design from a 2D worksheet into a 3D clubhouse.
BSA Space cannot accommodate student groups for lunch. Weather permitting, public parks along the Waterfront and Rose Kennedy Greenway may be used for a picnic.