IMPORTANT - Register your child for the grade they are CURRENTLY enrolled in for the 2019/2020 school year. If you register for the wrong age group we cannot guarantee enrollment.
ABOUT Design at Advent
Each summer, Advent’s SMART Lab is transformed into a makerspace where children from around the world become designers, tinkerers, and builders. The Advent School summer program offers three completely unique two-week sessions for children ages 5 through 12.
Designers begin each session by sorting through recycled materials, learning proper tool use, and engaging in the design process. Each day, the designers and faculty set out to explore the city, play games, and gather inspiration. On the last Friday of each session, the designers share their creations and prototypes with friends and family at the Design Expo.
Advent’s summer program is grounded in the School’s mission. We believe:
- All children are creative problem solvers
- In the importance of collaboration
- Boston is an extension of the classroom, which helps children identify the needs of their communities and find inspiration
SUMMER 2020 THEMES
June 15 to June 26 - Curious Contraptions
Inspired by Joseph's Machines designers in this session will:
DECONSTRUCT old toys and IDENTIFY the moving parts inside.
BUILD an automata that rotates, bobs, flings, and swings -- all by itself!
ASSEMBLE ramps, pulleys, pivots, and hinges into contraptions that make the simplest tasks as complicated and hilarious as possible.
June 29 to July 10* (No programming on July 3) - Wearable Designs
Back by popular demand! Inspired by New Zealand’s World of Wearable Art competition, designers in this session will:
MOLD and MANIPULATE unconventional materials into headpieces, armor, and innovative apparel.
SEW bio inspired costumes and DESIGN digital bling.
DEVELOP your own textiles and use 3D printing to bring your ideas to life.
July 13 to July 24 - Make it Massive
Inspired by the engineers at Science Max, designers in this session will:
EXPLORE engineering concepts like tension, compression, and stability.
Push experiments and designs until they crumble or explode -- FAILURE is the goal!
COLLABORATE and BUILD enormous structures and pedal powered machines.
Drop Off: 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Program: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Pick Up: 4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Extended Day: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Program Cost: $1,200 for Curious Contraptions and Make it Massive
$1,080 for Wearable Designs (There is no programming on July 3)
Extended Day Cost: $20 per day
Drop off, program, pick up, and extended day pick up is at the SMART Lab, 99 W Cedar St., Boston, MA 02114
WHO IS ELIGIBLE
JUNIOR DESIGNERS (Children CURRENTLY enrolled in Pre-K and Kindergarten)
Reggio-inspired, the Junior Designers program provides ample opportunities for the exploration of scientific concepts and creation of new theories. Open-ended questions invite the Junior Designers to engage with materials in innovative ways, while the design process helps extend their thinking through problem solving.
Student to Staff Ratio: 9:1
SENIOR DESIGNERS (Children CURRENTLY enrolled in first and second grade)
The design process is a central focus for the Senior Designers. Identifying the problem, generating solutions, and exchanging feedback are all steps that aid in the building, testing, and creation of a final prototype. Senior Designers learn proper power tool use and create with a vast array of materials.
Student to Staff Ratio: 10:1
DESIGN LEADERS (Children CURRENTLY enrolled in third through sixth grade)
Combining the principles of design with leadership skills, the Design Leaders teach and support others on their journey through the design process. As they create, the Senior Leaders share their knowledge with the younger designers during joint activities. Trips into the community and visits from guest speakers extend the learning and provide material for new leadership opportunities.
Student to Staff Ratio: 10:1
WHAT TO BRING
- A nutritious lunch
- Two snacks
- Refillable water bottle
- Closed-toed shoes (We work with tools and messy things!)
- Comfortable clothes that can get dirty
- Sunscreen already applied for the day, and for application throughout the day. We go outside every day!
A TYPICAL DAY
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Morning Exploration
9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Morning Meeting
9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Morning Snack
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Design Challenges/Skill Building/Free Design
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch and Recess at The Esplanade or Splash Pad
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Design Challenges/Free Design/Collaborative Projects
3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Afternoon Snack
3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Design Videos
4:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Dismissal
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Extended Day (additional fee)