Update: NEW FALL 2016 Class at our South Slope Workshop!
In the spirit of a tree house (without the tree), our group of kids will design and build a sustainable home entirely from scratch on a repurposed lot in South Slope. They will draw up their own plans, cut their own lumber and install their own environmentally sustainable plumbing and heating systems by getting creative-these systems might collect rainwater, pull energy from the sun with homemade solar panels or harness the power of wind. The structure built by the kids will house our bicycle generators and building equipment over the winter. The project will will be open to the public at various times as an installation that reflects the sustainable and creative possibilities within our neighborhood!
We will have 2 groups working on the site at the same time. The younger group will be 7-9 year olds and the older group will be 10-12 year olds. The older group will meet more with professionals and develop plans in groups.
KOKO creates a place for kids to dream, create and build. Whether they are making robots or building a house, kids are given the freedom to let their ideas run wild and experiment.
When: Thursdays from 4-5:30 pm starting September 15th! Dates: 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22, 1/5, 1/12 Ages: 2 groups: 7-9 year olds and 10-12 year olds!
Where: Our building workshop in the historic church lot at 239 17th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215 — between 5th Ave/4th Ave.
School Pick up: We will pick up from any school if we have 3 or more kids!
Cost: 16 weeks: $650 (we accept payment installments)
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What if it rains?
A: We have built a shelter that works well for a light rain. We will continue to build out our shelter so it will get stronger as we move into winter. If the weather is really inclement, we will use those days for pre-planned research trips to Brooklyn Museum and other locations.
Q: Do you use power tools?
A: Yes! And our kids are well supervised and trained before using any tool.
Q: What is your philosophy on working with kids?
A: Thanks for asking! You can learn more about that here!