An award-winning non profit directed by architects, teachers and college students, NEXT.cc nurtures children’s creativity in nine scales of architecture- nano, pattern, object, space, building, neighborhood, urban, region and world. The University of Wisconsin, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, National Endowment for the Arts, Earth Day Educators, USGBC, National Environmental Education Foundation, Chicago’s Burnham 100, Milwaukee’s Creativity Works, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, Harvard High School Career Links Project, UK’s Info Cow and Australia’s Object help NEXT.cc reach children in 35 states and 15 countries enhancing learning experiences and inspiring new possibilities.
NEXT.cc’s eco web introduces architecture to children with fun and free tools, languages, discovery and design journeys. Children draw, paint, write, sketch, animate, model and build inside online and become architectural investigators outside. Environmentally assessing homes and schools, children critique architecture as part of larger energy, water, air and material systems. NEXT.cc’s resources encourage exploration of local communities while enabling virtual field trips to international institutions,
museums, and contemporary practices. Children learn the humane role of the built environment.
Outcomes & evaluation:
How to learn, reason, think creatively, make decisions, problem solve and see in the mind’s eye are 21st century skills developed and assessed using NEXT.cc’s Eco Web. Gallery work demonstrates organization and spatial interdependence of people, places
and environments. Children architects engage their environment and change from passive consumers to active creators of better places.