The City Planner's Club

Description

Does your child get excited whenever the topic of a big city, Like New York City, is mentioned? Do they gaze in awe at skyscrapers? Do they get excited whenever they see a plane, train, or subway? Do you ever catch them creating doodles of their ideal city? If the answer to any of these questions is a ‘YES!’, Then this club is for them! 

‘The City Planners Club’ Is a fun and hands-on ongoing club, where students will get to learn about the exciting inter-disciplinary field of City, Urban & Regional Planning. City, Urban & Regional Planning is an interdisciplinary field that involves the arenas of Geography, Civic Engagement, Engineering, Architecture & Design, Government, and Public Policy. City Planning is a fun, vibrant, challenging, yet creative profession! 

Learners will meet for 60 minutes, once per week. Each week, students will learn about Planning-related topics, such as Transportation, Zoning, and Housing. Students will also learn about some of the challenges Planners face, such as geographic constraints and solutions to ending the cycle of homelessness. By the end of each class, I want students to not only learn more about the field of Urban and Regional Planning but to be inspired to become positive agents of change within their own communities.

Each week, we will cover a foundational Planning-related topic. Each class is divided into two main segments: 1) Lecture and Discussion, and 2) Applied Learning (through a fun art and design activity). The curriculum schedule will go as follows:

Week 1: My World (Introduction)-Design your block, Your World. The goal of this class is to give a preliminary overview of the broad topic of City, Urban, and Regional Planning.

Week 2: Land-ho!  Let’s Explore Land Use.  The goal of this class is for students to become familiarized with the general concepts of Land Use, and how their localities are segmented into these manners. 

Week 3: In the Zone: A Discussion on Zoning. The goal of this class is for students to become familiarized with the general concepts of Zoning, and how public policy regulations shape the fabric of their communities. 

Week 4: Getting Around Town- Let’s Explore Transportation & Transit! The goal of this class is to introduce students to the topic of transportation and to familiarize them with the different ways in which people, goods, and services go from one location to the other. 

Week 5: Become Street Smart- PART 1: Design Your OWN Complete Street. The goal is for students to not only leave this class with a better understanding of what a Right-of-Way is, but to think about how the street systems around them can become more equitable and ecologically sustainable. Students will design their own complete streets on the StreetMix online program.

Week 6 Become Street Smart- PART 2: Design Your OWN Complete Street. The goal is for students to not only leave this class with a better understanding of what a Right-of-Way is, but to think about how the street systems around them can become more equitable and ecologically sustainable. Students will design their own complete streets on the StreetMix online program.
Week 7: Take Shelter-Housing- PART 1. The goal of this class is to introduce students to the concept of housing and its importance to the built environment and humanity. In this class, we will also discuss the topic of homelessness, and solutions that can eradicate this issue. Students will work as a team and design housing on the White Board Fox online program.
Week 8: Take Shelter-Housing- PART 2. The goal of this class is to introduce students to the concept of housing and its importance to the built environment and humanity. In this class, we will also discuss the topic of homelessness, and solutions that can eradicate this issue. Students will work as a team and design housing on the White Board Fox online program.

Week 9: Problems in Perfectville! Students will play a fun problem-solving game, where they come across various Urban & City Planning-related problems throughout the beloved imaginary City of Perfectville. Can YOU help Perfectville’s City Planners bring their community back into tip-top shape?!

Week 10: Create a Zero-Waste Block. In this class, students will get to create a small 3D block made completely out of recyclable materials. Students will learn about the importance of environmental sustainability in the Planning of cities, towns, and communities. 

• Drawing Paper
• Graphite Pencils, Markers, or colored pencils
• Ruler
• Notepad & pencil for notetaking (optional, but highly recommended!)
• Class handouts (Please keep on the lookout for email from me. I will be distributing PDFs of handouts for each class!)

    The City Planner's Club

    Wednesday, 09/22/2021

    Age 8 - 11

    $15.00

    25 Seats Available

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    The City Planner's Club

    Wednesday, 09/29/2021

    Age 8 - 11

    $15.00

    25 Seats Available

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    The City Planner's Club

    Wednesday, 10/06/2021

    Age 8 - 11

    $15.00

    25 Seats Available

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    The City Planner's Club

    Wednesday, 10/13/2021

    Age 8 - 11

    $15.00

    25 Seats Available

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