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 which will connect each signage location along a self-guided walking tour. The signs will be able to be read by passers-by as well as by mobile devices which can read QR codes and/or location-based triggers directing them to additional online content. 

Project Name: WayFinders, connecting 2 the I.E. (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:

In order for students to persist on the innovation pathway, they must be confident in the Math and Science skills.  While afternoons are focused on the WayFinders project, mornings are devoted to building Math & Science skills in interesting ways.

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  Accelerated Morning Math 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 4/30.

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

Morning Session:10am – 12:15pm, Math, Science & Design Fundamentals.
Afternoon Session: 1pm – 4pm, Project Studio

Cost: FREE, contingent on funding (mid-April determination)

  • 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