10:00 AM10:00

Global Awareness Kids Picnic in Central Park (Ages 3-5)

Join us in the park for some fun in the sun while your kids get entertained and educated about being awesome global citizens!

Dearest is a next generation childcare platform that aims to change the face of childcare to something more educational. This event will feature our amazing teachers and educators who are passionate not just about education, but about becoming global citizens.

Kids will take part in fun activities that will bring them on a journey through different cultural worlds to experience how children in different cultures eat, sleep, play, and go to school!

Learning goals (Ideal for 3-5 year olds, but siblings are welcome)

1. Learn about different countries, cultures, and children around the world.

2. Get exposure to different languages.

3. Ignite curiosity in what’s happening in the world.

Meet us in Heckscher Playground (look out for our orange banner!) and we'll start off with some light picnic refreshments and delicious pastries at 10am.

This event will give you a glimpse of our Summer Day Camp happening over the course of June and July and will be a good chance for you to see how your child enjoys learning through this camp!

Feel free to reach out to community@dearest.io for inquiries.

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SPACE Design Thinking Workshop for Kids (Ages 3-5)
10:30 AM10:30

SPACE Design Thinking Workshop for Kids (Ages 3-5)


Based on the Stanford d.school Method, this interactive educational workshop for children and their parents/caregivers explores Problem Solving, Innovation, and STEM concepts for children aged 3-5. New & improved version! Read about and view pictures from the first workshop here.

Join us on our journey to Outerspace - Going back to Jupiter! DODO the little alien is missing his parents who are back on planet Jupiter. He wants to go back home but needs help finding his way back. Can you help him?

  • Explore basic prototyping concepts as we take the children through a series of educational yet fun activities surrounding design thinking.

  • Nurture and cultivate an innovative mindset through brainstorming and thinking outside the box.

  • Take an idea from concept to execution by building a spaceship or other tools to take DODO back home!

Dearest is a platform that connects families with amazing educators who can teach and take care of children. We are all about inspiring the young minds and exposing them to fun and educational activities. Our educators are superstars of the early education field. Many from Bank Street, Columbia Teachers College, Top Schools in NY and more. Join us in this interactive workshop at Columbia Startup Lab, 175 Varick St on Saturday, May 20 between 10.30 am - 12 noon. We can't wait to see you there!

Spots are limited to 15 children!

(This is a drop-in session, if drop-off is needed, please let us know in advance by May 15).

RSVP now or contact maya@dearest.io for more info or questions!

Get your tickets here

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12:30 PM12:30

[Dearest Providers] Columbia Teachers College Professional Training -Art and TechE

Co-hosted by the Creative Technologies track of the Art and Art Education Program at TC, the AET NAEA preconference will explore methods for using technologies to create communities in art-making and in art classrooms. This preconference invites art educators, technologists, and makers in to engage in deep discussions about the ways digital technologies can be used in studio practice, the classroom teaching, and research.

The organizers see digital media as a means to make new, sustainable connections to 21st century modes of learning. This conference intends to lay the groundwork for artists, technologists, and art educators to come together and discuss emerging digital media education pathways in teaching, studio practice, and research.

The conference will also allow art educators to reflect ways in which technology can build community by learning new skills, and discover new ways to incorporate digital technologies in their classrooms. We also hope that the conference generates new networks, collaboration, and strategic partnerships.

Guiding questions: In what ways do technologies expand the traditional communities of art education? How do technologies change artistic making and creative inquiry? How does technology facilitate collaboration? And in which way does technology enable integration across the curriculum?

Program: 1- 6 PM.

12:30PM  Registration

1:00PM  Opening Remarks 

1:30 - 2:30PM  Short presentations to set the tone of the conference (Maker education and communities created with them.

2:30 - 3:00 PM Break-out discussions with respondents.

3:00 - 3:30PM  Coffee Break.

3:30 - 4:15PM  Making Session - (e.g.Art bot/makey-makey/hardware, location-based mobile activity, creative code/software, social networks, data collection, documentation & dissemination, instruction-based technology, media arts)

4:15 - 5:30PM Building Communities: will organize itself around themes that people want to talk about identified in the first two session - 15 min to identify the themes for the conference format -groups form based on topics people find interesting)

5:30 - 6:00  Closing Plenary Session (Report out what was discussed in the research session and identified possibilities and problems)

6:00 PM Reception - A reception will be held at the end for participants to network and make future plans to collaborate and learn from one another.

For more information, email community@dearest.io. This workshop is geared for educators.


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