KidsBuild 2013 :: Volunteers Needed

Volunteers Needed!
When: Saturday, April 6, 2013
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston

DEADLINE for volunteer sign up: Monday March 25, 2013.
Volunteers are strongly encouraged to attend the training session at the BSA Space on Tuesday, March 26. Please register here for this date along with your desired volunteer shift(s) for the event.


KidsBuild! 2013 is presented by Learning By Design in Massachusetts (LBD:MA) with support from the Boston Society of Architects and the Boston Foundation of Architecture

KidsBuild! is a hands on, interactive learning experience for children. The event was developed by the Boston Society of Architects (BSA), a chapter of The American Institute of Architects, which is committed to creating learning opportunities for children through design and the built environment.
The event takes place in a fictional city complete with streets, harbors, squares and other familiar features. Each child selects a building site from a color-coded map of the city, which corresponds to basic zoning laws. A sense of scale is explored through the standard building block established by a shoebox. On some sites the buildings may be as many as 7 or 8 boxes high, while on others the height is limited to one box.

After the site is selected, children move into the construction yard to assemble their building. This is done with the donated materials such as shoeboxes, milk cartons, cardboard tubes, colored paper and other miscellaneous tools. To begin to understand the context that their buildings will exist in, the young designers are also encouraged to visit their site during construction. Design responses from one building to another come into play as the children begin to receive or reject cues from previously completed buildings.

When complete, the building is placed on the site and the participant requests a review from one of the roaming building inspectors. The inspectors are architects and other design professionals who become listeners and encourage the young designer to explain his or her work. It is also an opportune time to be more interactive and pass along information about planning, context, building types and artistic expression.

Please join us!