Friday, March 14, 2014

News from DCM's Creativity Studio

Chicago: Birth of the Skyscraper
Did you know that the first skyscraper was built right here in Chicago?  This week we took our inspiration from our very own architectural wonderland, Chicago!  Using a variety of materials ranging from large pieces of cardboard to corks, toothpicks, cups, bottle caps, paper rolls, and more, kids created large structures that developed into a city as well as model skyscrapers to take home.  We explored ideas of design and engineering as we experimented with different building techniques.  It was all open-ended and allowed for children to take the project anywhere they could imagine! We saw re-creations of actual buildings in Chicago as well as those found only in a child’s mind.  A favorite was the Toy Company Headquarters, complete with a flying saucer that brought toy ideas from outer space and a delivery truck that brought the toys to stores around town.
Guest Blogger Katie Fodor is a Program Developer at DuPage Children's Museum. Katie has an MA in Art History and Museum Studies from Case Western Reserve University. Katie joined DCM’s team in the summer of 2013. She brought with her experience in education and the museum field (Western Reserve Historical Society, the Akron Art Museum, The Cleveland Museum of Art).

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