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Summer Program Open To Outside Students
Posted 02/24/2015 08:27AM

Here are some images from the Makers' Alliance Knowmad last summer.


Riverdale has opened enrollment in its innovative Project Knowmad summer experience to students from other schools.

Led by Riverdale faculty members, Project Knowmad is an experiential program based at the Middle/Upper School campus that uses New York City as its classroom. Held in mid-June for one or two weeks, Project Knowmad gives students a chance to work in small groups of 10 to 15 students, and 2 to 3 faculty members.

This summer, 11 courses will be offered. Riverdale students may sign up through the school. Students from other schools may email the program director, Georgia Tucker, gtucker@riverdale.edu, indicating name, grade, address, and programs of interest. The application deadline is April 5. Courses include:

  • Food To Table (Grades 6 through 8): A look at the complex interaction of environment, economy, and society as food travels from farm to table. (1 week)
  • Killing Two Languages With One Stone (Grades 6 through 8): Learn beginning Spanish and Mandarin in the morning, and then explore New York City’s Spanish and Mandarin-speaking neighborhoods in the afternoon. (1 week)
  • At the Intersection of Food and Culture in New York City (Grades 7 through 9): We’ll shop, cook, and eat, plus we’ll meet food trend-setters in the city: bloggers, restaurateurs, food-truck chefs, purveyors. (1 week)
  • Knowmad Art (Grades 6 through 12): Sketchbooks in hand, we’ll explore the cutting-edge arts scene in New York, and then create our own original works. (1 week)
  • Codemad for Android and iOS (Grades 6 through 12): Create amazing apps, including games, for Android and iOS devices. You’ll get your own Android tablet to use and keep! (2 weeks)
  • Maker's Alliance (Grade 7 through 9): Participants will learn to use all manner of tools, from sewing machines to arc welders to 3D scanners, while making cool things. (2 weeks)
  • Sports and Psychology: Finding Your Inner Game (Grades 9 through 12): We will look at how sports is infused with psychology, from motivation and peak/flow experiences to slumps and choking. Last year’s program included attending a Yankees game, speaking with two prominent sports psychologists, and participating in a  meditation and visualization seminar.  (1 week)
  • Art and Activism In New York City (Grades 6 through 7): Learn how artists seek to change the world. We’ll visit museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the International Center for Photography, and research centers such as the Schomberg Center and the Audubon Society. Then we’ll combine our own experiences into an activist mural collage. (2 weeks)
  • The 40-Hour, Mini-Musical Challenge (Grades 9 through 12): Experience the madcap, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants world of show business as you conceive, write, produce, and perform an original short musical in a matter of days! We need actors, writers, musicians, designers, anyone interested in the multifaceted world of professional theater. (1 week)
  • Museums In Mansions (Grades 10 through 12): We will learn how some private art collections came into being, and how the architecture contributes to the experience of viewing the works of art. Among our destinations: the Frick Collection, the Morgan Library, the Jewish Museum, the Cooper Hewitt Museum, and possibly others. (1 week)
  • Sustainable NYC (Grades 9 through 12): From farm to farmer’s market, we’ll follow food through production, distribution and waste cycles, learning more about where sustainable food comes from and the methods used.  We’ll explore nonprofits, for-profits and government sectors, and we’ll meet with environmentally-engaged artists, social entrepreneurs and professors working in the field.  (1 week)

Additionally, a new course will be offered from Aug. 10 to Aug. 14 for 5th through 8th graders. Entitled "BOTS! Build A Robot," the course will enable students to design, build and code robots, using principles of robotics and programming.

To learn more about the Project Knowmad programs, and to watch a video from last summer's experience, click here.


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