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outubro 2015

Creative Design

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The project Achieving 21st Century Skills aims at creating synergy among the cultural and academic departments, Resource Centers, and the EducationUSA office inside the Binational Centers. American Spaces in general often host exhibitions that address issues like the environment, preservation, tolerance, etc. – issues related to the U.S. mission in Brazil. Exhibits and cultural events that already take place in American Spaces can be interesting opportunities to encourage people to participate in maker activities to learn a new skill and to interact in authentic and fun ways. Find below an example of how an art exhibition became the starting point for an extracurricular maker activity in an American Space.

Overview:

The artists Hermidia Metzler and Marcia Mazzoni invited the audience to Casa Thomas Jefferson’s art gallery in September, 2015 to take a look at their work and learn different ways of perceiving plastic and transforming what could be trash into pieces of art. The program ‘Design Criativo’ aims at motivating people to rethink consumption, calculate the impact they cause on our planet, and upcycle plastic bottles using one of the techniques the artists use in their work.  The program provides an open space for creativity and inspires the audience to come up with solutions, learn together in a very practical way, and establish communication among local artists and makers with the community in general.

Planning

5’ – Use the video from the National Museum of Natural History on ocean pollution to start a discussion on what kind of products people in general buy and the impact on the planet. Make sure you tell participants a bit about the video first (you will find info on the post to elaborate your talk).


Planning

5’ –Use the  video from National Museum of Natural History on ocean pollution to start a discussion on what kind of products people in general buy and the impact on the planet. Make sure you tell participants a bit about the video firs t(you will find info on the post to elaborate your talk). Ocean Trash: Marine Debris From Shore To Sea

15´ -Motivate participants to visit the site  Ecosytem on the Edge to calculate heir Nitrogen footprint. Invite volunteers to share the results. http://www.n-print.org/sites/n-print.org/files/footprint_java/index.html#/home

2  hours – Hands on activity  -  The artists shared some techniques they use to transform plastic and guided participants as they made two decorative pieces for their home.

Keep in mind that this program could be a good way to build community and to do so, you should invite local artists to collaborate with you.

 

 

Design Criativo

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O American Space Casa Thomas Jefferson trabalha em parceria com a Embaixada dos Estados Unidos e outros Centros Binacionais no Brasil para implementar o projeto  “Achieving 21st Century Skills”. Além de trazer o movimento do fazer (importante conceito da cultura americana) para dentro dos centros, o projeto tem também o objetivo de criar sinergia entre os departamentos cultural e acadêmico, Resource Center e EducationUSA. Muitas vezes, temos nos American Spaces exposições que tratam de assuntos como meio ambiente, preservação, tolerância, etc. Esses temas estão relacionados à missão dos Estados Unidos no Brasil. As exposições e eventos culturais que já acontecem nos American Spaces podem ser oportunidades interessantes para estimular pessoas a participarem do movimento do fazer, colocar a mão na massa e sentir-se parte de uma comunidade dentro da escola para aprender uma habilidade nova e interagir de maneira autêntica e divertida. Veja abaixo um exemplo de como uma exposição de arte se tornou ponto de partida para uma atividade ‘maker’ (extracurricular) em um American Space.

Overview:

As artistas Hermidia Metzler e Marrcia Mazzoni exibem o trabalho “Metamorfose da Matéria” na Galeria de Arte da Casa Thomas Jefferson e se propõem a trabalhar junto com a comunidade no programa “Criação de Soluções”. O programa tem o objetivo de abrir espaço de estímulo à criatividade por meio de encontros para apreciar arte e, assim, abrir discussões sobre desafios do mundo moderno e criação de objetos funcionais ou decorativos usando o que se tem, em vez de se comprar tudo pronto. O “Criação de Soluções” seria o primeiro programa, mas a ideia não é fazer somente um encontro e, sim, reunir um grupo para aprender em conjunto de forma bem prática. Os conhecimentos vão desde técnicas básicas até as mais diferentes e elaboradas – de acordo com o interesse e motivação do grupo. Bordado, origami, batik, crochê, customização de roupas, macramê e circuitos vestíveis são alguns dos tópicos previstos, sempre contando com a parceria de artistas que geralmente expõem na galeria. Além de aprender as técnicas, os participantes mais iniciantes nesse universo vão ganhar uma nova forma de olhar para o mundo, buscando dar outro significado aos objetos ao seu redor e até ver beleza em itens que poderiam ser descartados. Os que já desenvolvem projetos nessa linha vão ganhar um espaço de convívio e de troca com outros amantes dos trabalhos manuais. Experts e iniciantes são bem-vindos e esperamos que todos possam aprender muito uns com os outros – e estimulados por artistas e facilitadores.

A Oficina – passo a passo

Planejamento:

5’ – Conte uma historia sobre a viagem de cientistas do instituto Smithsonian para Curaçao e o mar de plástico encontrado por eles para trabalhar a conscientização das escolhas de produtos para consumirmos e de como descartamos lixo. Ocean Trash: Marine Debris From Shore To Sea

15´ – Incentive os participantes a visitarem o site Ecosytem on the Edge para calcularem o impacto que suas escolhas de consumo causam ao meio ambiente. http://www.n-print.org/sites/n-print.org/files/footprint_java/index.html#/home

2 horas – Oficina Mão na Massa – Momento para usar a criatividade e usar sucata para criar produtos bonitos que realmente despertem o interesse do público em colaboração com artistas e/ou makers locais.

 

 

 

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Healthy Living

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In September we celebrated healthy living with interesting  activities at our Resource Centers. Our staff prepared varied learning opportunities with an eye on  alternative ways to be mentally, emotionally, and physically healthy. Our super maker American Space staff  prepared lots of activities for visitors  to give them a chance to practice English in very exciting ways.Please see below what was on our plate for Healthy Living Month.

Tip –  The project tutorial suggests we use old CD cases to make the projectors. We found them hard to cut (and a bit dangerous too), so we used acetate  instead. It works beautifully!

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Did you know that…?

All branches had a “did you know” poster wall with tips that went beyond common knowledge. There was a curating phase on Google drive to gather relevant pieces of information to share. The innovation department prepared eye-catching posters that were displayed around school and on our social media. Would you like to read or revisit the material? Enjoy and share.

Did you know

Pedal Powered Blenders

Have you ever heard of  Pedal Powered Blenders? You probably have. Have you ever seen one? Come to our Resource Centers and you will! We we will keep two bikes going around in October. So, you can still come and make sense of this project. See how you can transform your body`s power into another source of energy that can go back to you in a very nutritious way.   

Healthy diet

People who attended   “Living happily  ever after with lactose intolerance” Practiced English, learned about lactose intolerance and tasted delicious recipes.

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Food Wheel

Our staff created a game that was a visual representation of a healthy diet. People completed the wheel and learned what should be eaten most often and what should be eaten least often.  

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 The Pillars of A Healthy Life

Nutritionist Rogério Barros delivered the workshop “Atividade física e alimentação equilibrada: pilares para uma vida saudável” . Besides getting exposed to great ideas participants got a gift from the local health store Bioon and tried some delicious treats.

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Healthy mind

Tai chi Qi Gong Sessions in different branches. People enjoyed a bit of calm in their lives and welcomed  our Tai chi Qi Gong teacher Soraya Lacerda, who delivered this relaxing experience in English.

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Healthy brain

Magic cubes were in order. We had a Mini Workshop with contestants of the world championship during break time.

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Stay tuned for more fun, discovery and excitement at the American Space – Casa Thomas Jefferson and come check out what will make October the spookiest month ever! Stay healthy,