Our special in-school workshops offer a deep, project-based learning experience and real-life social studies curriculum that meets the California educational standards for civics and social studies. These workshops can be completely customized to any school’s or teacher’s objectives and can provide supplemental learning to what is being covered in a social studies or civics class in a fun and highly engaging LEGO-based environment. We have offered a variety of workshops to many private and public schools in the Bay Area – on school in-service days, staff developments days, teacher conference days, or to simply provide a rich, project-based learning experience in the schools that deploy a similar teaching and learning philosophy. The program nurtures social-emotional learning and helps develop a growth mindset in our students.
A few testaments to the workshops we have conducted:
The Kidizens model city workshop became a foundational part of our project-based integrated learning unit on “The City of the Future.” To activate background knowledge and build foundational understanding of how cities work, the Kidizens team facilitated a fast-paced, action oriented project. The students learned how governments are assembled and function, then created the key documents for their fictional city. They learned how departments interconnect, then built the facilities and architecture on multiple 8-foot tables. They learned about citizenship, then became citizens of the city they built.
Building the city out of Legos kept each child engaged in the process of thinking, doing, evaluating, and iterating. The Kidizens team paced the workshop perfectly, balancing instruction with action. They worked with me to set behavior expectations, including teamwork and cooperation. The end result was a detailed and complete model city, including founding documents, a government, laws, and a flag.
I am grateful to the Kidizens leadership and facilitators for delivering this high quality learning experience to my class. The students’ depth of understanding is far greater because they built it themselves. They had a lot of fun while learning, which is the cornerstone of Kidizens’ offerings. I highly recommend this top-notch company and their workshops and will be using them again in the future.
Teacher, Ohlone Elementary School
Kidizens was a fabulous experience for our teachers. They provided the curriculum and resources needed to keep our students engaged over two school days. The students learned all about community development, financing/budgeting, collaboration, communication, negotiation, etc. The list could go on. The cities they built were unique, and there was a lot of room for students to share their diverse strengths. We will definitely be inviting them back for other opportunities.
Program Director, Phillips Brooks School
You can work with the Kidizens team to design a custom workshop which incorporates various aspects of the Kidizens experience for your child and his/her friends. Choose which lessons will be included and the time period during which you would like the workshop to take place. This is a popular option among our homeschool families who have dynamic schedules as well as girl and boy scout groups who would like to embark upon an additional exposure to real-life, project-based learning.
For more information on workshop options or to discuss your specific social studies goals please contact the Kidizens staff at [email protected] or call 650-384-0412.