The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation will launch a free online learning tool for K-12 students this week with the introduction of the Frank Lloyd Wright Virtual Classroom.
The virtual classroom is a resource center developed by the Foundation’s education department for online learning and virtual engagement for families, according to a press release.
Each STEAM-focused lesson will offer students its own variation of hands-on activities that encourage them to think critically and creatively.
The six-week series will introduce a new lesson and corresponding video weekly, where one activity builds upon the other to culminate into a final project where the student creates a work of art that resembles stained glass, inspired by Wright’s own designs.
“This is an unprecedented time and with all of the unknowns, new routines and families in need of engaging activities, this was a way for the Foundation to provide a few resources to families around the world,” Christopher Jason, education manager with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, said in a prepared statement.
“We want to be able to continue our mission of educating future generations based on Frank Lloyd Wright’s works and ideas and how those ideas embodied in our STEAM education programs are more relevant than ever today.”
The foundation’s education team has developed the lessons to be easy and turn-key in that parents can simply turn on the video and have the student watch, learn and complete the activity on his or her own while the parent works or tends to household duties. Parents can also join in to make the activity a family project.
Since 2012, the foundation has worked alongside the Paradise Valley School District to create K-12 curriculum that has been test-piloted across hundreds of students within the district. These mini-lessons draw from those learnings and programming.
“For the last eight years, we have focused on how to bring Frank Lloyd Wright design and architecture to students in their classrooms,” Michael Linn, curriculum producer and support teacher at PVUSD, said in a prepared statement.
“Since living rooms and kitchens have now become the new classroom, we are confident that your child will enjoy exploring outside in the real world around them. The Wright-Design program is a one-click solution to keeping students active in learning, designing, and building during this pause to the traditional classroom setting.”
The Frank Lloyd Wright Virtual Classroom will debut Wednesday, April 15. Topics of the mini lessons include How like Wright are you?; Create a Symmetrical Pattern; Load-Bearing Shapes; Turn Two Circles into a Square; and The Impact of Color.
All of the lessons and other education activities are available at FrankLloydWright.org/VirtualClassroom.
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is dedicated, a release claims, to providing quality STEAM education experiences to challenge young people around the world to be critical thinkers and creative problem solvers.
During this uncertain time, the foundation is proud to offer these lessons, and other activities, free-of-charge in order to help families keep their children engaged in learning activities.