Educating the Next Generation:
MAF’s Educational Programs for Kids
Studies show thought processes that nurture creativity and critical thinking begin at a young age. MAF’s educational-based resources are designed to help foster those processes in kids while stimulating curiosity about their surroundings, through fun activities that appeal to elementary school-age students (and they are available free of charge to children throughout Michigan).
- Let’s be Creative! MAF’s Architecture: it’s Elementary! is a multi-disciplinary educational curriculum designed to introduce students from kindergarten through grade five to architecture and the built environment. Developed with input from Michigan educators, the curriculum provides kids with critical STEAM-related learning opportunities, through lessons and activities that engage their minds, bodies, and imaginations.
- Let’s Go on an Adventure! MAF’s ArchiTreks is a video program aimed at getting kids excited about architecture, science, and engineering through segments that take kids on neighborhood adventures to explore shapes, structures, landmarks, and preservation, and pique curiosity about their surroundings. Created by MAF in partnership with Detroit Public Television (DPTV), each of the ArchiTreks video segments airs on the Michigan Learning Channel (MLC).
- Let’s Build our Imaginations! MAF’s Build Imagination Book and Toy Kits help to stimulate children’s imaginations and lead them to explore architecture through reading and creative play. The Build Imagination Toy Kits are available at select libraries throughout Michigan. The Build imagination Book Collection is house at Birmingham’s Baldwin Library and available to borrow statewide through the intra-library loan system.