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). 

An hour a day. Have fun.

“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” 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.