Are you looking for some enjoyable but meaningful activities for your children? Would you like to help them explore the possibilities of a future in the architecture profession? Are you hunting for ways to harvest their interest in the built environment? AIA Minnesota’s Architecture in the Schools Committee has developed a series of activities to help you to achieve all of these by exposing students to multidisciplinary knowledge, various skills, critical and system thinking, and intense but fun activities.

Diverse activities are organized around different architectural topics. The activities include video and lectures, article and book reading, free and structured writing, and library and online research. Additional opportunities include virtual and on-site tours, multimedia documentation, analogical skill practice, conceptual and detailed design, and storytelling. Students have the opportunity to practice hands-on sketching, technical drawings, diagraming, and multipurpose physical modeling. Activities are aligned with STEM education, art and social studies, which are fundamental for architects.

Every activity offers different levels of complexity based on students’ educational level and cognitive capacity. Level 1: Pre-K – Grade 3 (ages 3-8); Level 2: Grades 4-6 (ages 9-11); Level 3: Grades 7-9 (ages 12-14); and Level 4: Grades 10-12 (ages 15-17). 

Students, who complete a camp and share their accomplishments every day via social media or email, will be certified as “Future Architect” awarded by AIA Minnesota (American Institute for Architects, Minnesota Chapter). Those continually read books listed in “One Thousand and One Nights” for ten days and share takeaways can also earn this award. AIS (Architecture in the Schools Committee, AIA) hopes the well-designed activities could grow a seed in your children’s early life, encourage them to be proud of their talents and hard work, and harvest their seed through the entire life.

“One Thousand and One Nights” in Architecture

Every Night, Architects Read for Kids

Would you like to inspire your child’s talent in architecture with night stories? Are you stressed out by not having enough time and resources to read with your child? Local architects are here to address both in one. With a simple click, local architects will read architectural books every night. 

Inspired by the famous collection of folk tales, One Thousand and One Nights, the Architecture in the Schools Committee has prepared a book list along with videos of live reading. Some videos are open sources online, while other titles are read by local architects. Find the choices that best fit your child’s cognitive level. We will continue optimizing the list and invite as many local architects as we can to read inspiring architecture books for children. Click for book lists.


10 Days of Learning: Skyscraper

Intense Individual Online Camp

Our living environment changes when more and more people live in high-rise buildings like apartments, condos, and hotels instead of single-family houses. Our social patterns changed when “tower tubes” formed or modified the make-up of city centers. Urbanism is motivated and accelerated when superstructures become a solution for creating high density.

What is your experience with skyscrapers in your home city? Do you like them? Are you interested in the stories behind these stunning giants? Would you like to design one?

Furthermore, what do skyscrapers mean beyond a building type? Is a skyscraper an incidence of architects’ intervention or a determined renovation that builds in human fate? Which one will be the next to claim the title of ‘world’s tallest building?’ How will future marvels be designed sustainably and resiliently?

In this camp, you will learn the history, present, and future of skyscrapers through given facts and theories, self-driven discovery, experimental and professional analysis, critical thinking, and conceptual design. After completing the activities, you will understand skyscrapers in multi-scales. Click here for details.

5 Activities at HOME

Family Activity Online Camp

2020 is a unique year that COVID kept us staying home much longer than usual. How do you feel about your extra-long home time? How much do you know about your home? Have you ever think about how to express your love for your home and an important component of home – family?

This camp intents to be a catalyst for family activities at weekends, while students can study solely as well.

You would be amazed by how dramatic the forms home can take but how common home means to different lives. Touring around the most famous house design, up-to-date local house design,  and your home. You would have a deeper understanding of the elements, styles, neighborhood, and community that you may see daily but have never paid attention to. With the understanding, think about what is your dream home like and how can you make your current home better.

Enjoy this HOME Camp at HOME by clicking here.