For parents new to Kidizens, our online programs will continue to embody the Kidizens philosophy. The moderator-led, highly interactive Zoom sessions will provide a richly creative and social learning environment to help children learn important 21st-century skills and real-life leadership strategies. Children will be immersed in a project-based, collaborative process of building, managing, and governing their own cities from the ground up. They will be the policy leaders, city council members, and dignitaries of their communities. Children will learn about many real-life, city-related topics in the context of a utopian city-building framework, as well as have run role-playing and living in a virtual world.
Although Kidizens has deployed LEGOs as the modeling environment for building, children can be creative and flesh out their ideas using cardboard, aluminum foil, other recyclables, magnet tiles, Minecraft, or even blueprint sketches in addition to using LEGOs. The emphasis is on the thought process, creative building, and critical thinking.
Young Kidizens Online
Ages 6 – 8, Homeschool
The Young Kidizens will be electing to build a single city after analyzing multiple city landscapes. They will then progressively go through the Young Kidizens curriculum in a fun, game-like manner, utilizing the virtual, dynamically changing framework.
Ages 8 – 11, Homeschool
In the online world, the Kidizens class would have groups of 2-3 children collaborating online to develop their respective ‘virtual’ cities. There will be opportunities to compare and contrast different landscapes, natural resources, and other topographical differences. The cities will also have opportunities to collaborate, trade and work with each other to come up with state-wide plans and proposals.
In the Kidizens way of learning, while the kids would be engaged in their city-building, they will be continually exposed to, and will become proficient in, the use of many online tools, such as Google Suite (docs, sheets, presentations, drawing, etc), without realizing that they are learning how to use them.
Ages 8 – 12, Homeschool
The Visionaries will undertake a real-life journey in a virtual setting that will develop a basic understanding of the complex challenges societies face as they become increasingly urbanized.
The Visionaries will study different city frameworks through the lens of economic, social, and environmental sustainability, while creating a utopian society of their own. They will have an opportunity to apply their fundamental city governance understanding and civic leadership derived from other Kidizens programs to understanding sustainable development and cultivating empathy towards global issues. Multiple virtual cities will provide opportunities for comparing and contrasting the focus on specific sustainable goals and allowing for friendly competing, cooperating, and trading with each other.