Creative Doers Summer Academy

Design plus STEM Exposure:  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. Creative Doers Summer Academy 2017 is designed to help students begin developing these skills in an integrated manner, while working on a Real Project.

In response to call for proposals from the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority’s Forward Fund, InnovatorsforPurpose in collaboration with Harvard GSD alum, Daniel Solomon Koff (MDesS ‘15, Adjunct at Olin College of Engineering) and local youth will design a wayfinding signage and multi-media tour system that will connect local youth to the City of Cambridge’s rich history and its booming innovation economy.

Wayfinding refers to an information system that guides people through the physical environment.  Our system will be enriched with multi-media content that will connect each signage location along a self-guided walking tour. The content will be accessible by passers-by with mobile devices which can read QR codes and/or location-based triggers directing them to additional online information. 

Project Name: WayFinders, connecting 2 the innovation economy
Skills Learned include:  Ethnographic Research, Oral Histories, Video production, Audio production, Graphic Design, Web Design, App Design, Mapping and more.

Morning Math, Science & Creativity:

In order for students to persist on the innovation pathway, they must be confident in their Math and Science skills.  While afternoons are focused on the WayFinders project, mornings are devoted to building Math & Science skills in interesting ways.  Lessons and activities are designed to help explain the Math & Science incorporated in the Wayfinding project.  Modules may include topic matter from geometry, physics, material science, chemistry, structural engineering and psychology.

Additionally in partnership with the Cambridge Public Library, students will pilot the library’s new 3D media lab.  Students will combine creativity and technology by exploring 3D printing, 3D scanning and virtual reality.

Note: iFp students in grades 7 & 8 attending school in the Cambridge Public School District, not currently on the advanced Math track, will participate in the Cambridge Public Schools Summer Morning Math BRIDGE program and then join us in the afternoon.  Other students attending Cambridge Charter Schools, Cambridge Rindge grades 9-10 or Boston Schools will participate in our own Math & Science modules.

Program / Application Details:

Applications are now being accepted.  Notification of acceptance begins on 5/12.

Grades: Rising 7th-10th
Dates:M-F, July 10 – August 11
Hours:10am – 4pm

Morning Session:10am – 12:00pm, Math, Science & Creativity Skills.
Afternoon Session: 12:45pm – 4pm, Project Studio

Cost: FREE, contingent on funding (mid-April determination)
Location: Cambridge Public Library (Main Library) 449 Broadway Cambridge, MA

  • Priority given to Students in Cambridge’s Summer Morning Math BRIDGE Program
  • Youth 14+ may be able to apply for funding through Cambridge’s Mayor’s Program

More Details:  Summer Academy Details
Application:  Application Summer 2017