littleBits Circuitry Workshops for Kids Make Believe America Opens February 28 Are You a MODA Member? Registration for campMODA is Open Design Conversation: Cellular Fabrication of Buildings design[ED] Lab Students Exhibit at MODA Designers, Makers, Users: 3D Printing the Future Second Sundays are Free Family Days! 3D Printing from Minecraft

littleBits Circuitry Workshops for Kids

littleBits are color-coded “Bits modules” that snap together magnetically to make it easy for children to learn about electronics while building simple circuits and inventive projects in seconds.

In our littleBits Circuitry classes, children ages 8-12 will build electric circuits and use them to bring animate animals they've created or superhero gadgets they've designed.

For more information or registration, click here.

Make Believe America Opens February 28

One of the goals of U.S. cultural diplomacy during the Cold War (1947-1991) was to win hearts and minds overseas so as to reduce the influence of communist ideology. U.S. participation in cultural exhibitions worldwide was an important way in which this goal was achieved.

Our newest exhibition, Make Believe America: U.S.. Cultural Exhibitions in the Cold War, demonstrates how American self-representation at cultural exhibitions evolved from the 1950s to 1970s.

The exhibition also examines the crucial role played by designers in giving form and substance to political and cultural ideas prioritized by U.S. policymakers and in communicating America’s story to audiences in foreign countries.

Make Believe America was curated by Andrew J. Wulf, Ph.D., Executive Director of the New Mexico History Museum.

Are You a MODA Member?

Join now! And MODA memberships make great holiday gifts as well!

Get free admission to MODA exhibitions for a year and join a community of people who believe that design can make the world a better place.

Need a little more incentive?

Become a MODA member now or renew your membership and get a free ticket to a member-only LEGO and Local Brew happening on January 27 at

Not into LEGO or beer? Then we'll give you a free t-shirt instead!**



A membership associate will contact you after you purchase to find out whether you want to attend LEGO and Local Brew or whether you want a t-shirt.

**Offer good only through December 31. Members buying or renewing membership at the Individual level can choose between 1 LEGO and Local Brew ticket (must be 21 years of age) or 1 t-shirt. Members buying or renewing at the Dual membership level or above can choose between 2 LEGO and Local Brew tickets (must be 21 years of age) or 1 t-shirt.

Registration for campMODA is Open

Kids who attend campMODA design cool stuff! They learn to use Design Thinking in connection with science, technology, engineering, and math skills to solve real world problems. It’s tons of fun!

MODA is pleased to offer the following camps in summer 2016:

  • Designing with Minecraft for 5-7 Year Olds
  • Designing with  Minecraft for 8-12 Year Olds
  • Astrophotography for 10-14 Year Olds
  • Wearable Technology for 12-14 Year Olds
  • Making with WeDos, little Bits, & Legos for 5-7 Year Olds
  • LEGO Robotics with NXT for 8-12 Year Olds


For locations, times and dates, click here. Space is limited, so register early.

Design Conversation: Cellular Fabrication of Buildings

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

As seen in our current exhibition, Designers, Makers, Users: 3D Printing the Future, Branch Technology has developed a construction method that uses industrial robotics, freeform 3d printing technology, and economical building materials to create structures in a manner analogous to the way cellular structures are formed in the natural world.

Join us from 6pm to 9pm on Tuesday, February 9, for a Design Conversation at which Platt Boyd, founder of Branch Technology, will discuss the  state of art in 3d printed buildings, lessons he's learned in exploring cellular fabrication, and the potential of this technology to disrupt conventional construction techniques and to democratize design.

All are welcome. Continuing education credits are offered through AIA. This event is co-sponsored by the Young Architects Forum of AIA Atlanta and MODA.

Seats are limited, so reserve your place now by clicking here.

Adults $10 | AIA Members & MODA Members: $8 | Students $5 (with valid student ID)

design[ED] Lab Students Exhibit at MODA

Thursday, February 11, 5:00-7:00

For the past months, students at The Bridge Academy in College Park, a full-time High School Diploma and GED Prep program offering a nontraditional path for students, have been using design-thinking process and user experience protocols to address problems outlined in the College Park Comprehensive Plan (2011 – 2031).

On the evening of Thursday, February 11, students will showcase prototypes and wireframes of technology solutions they developed to address three critical issues facing local communities: perception of crime, decreasing standardized test scores, and impact of crime on youth. We invite you to stop by to see their work, ask questions, and provide feedback!

Admission to MODA is free from 5:00-7:00pm.

About design[ED] Lab: design[ED] Lab is a research project created and facilitated by Monet Spells, a Master’s student at Georgia Institute of Technology studying Human-Computer Interaction — aims to expose underrepresented minorities to design-thinking as a method to solve important problems within their community.

Designers, Makers, Users: 3D Printing the Future

September 20, 2015 - February 14, 2016

3D printing technology and the open source communities surrounding it are rapidly changing the world by making the powerful, new tools of design and manufacturing available to a much wider audience. This accessibility ultimately allows each one of us to design customized solutions to the complex problems around us.

Designers, Makers, Users: 3D Printing the Future will explore projects, both large and small, in which 3D printing technology is being used in innovative ways. This original exhibition is organized by MODA with the support of:

3D Systems
Essdack
Formlabs
Fulton County Arts and Culture
Atlanta Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs
Northside Hospital
Advanced RP
PaliProto
3CAD Printer Inc.
3D Printing Tech

Second Sundays are Free Family Days!

Sunday, February 14, 2015 1-4 pm

Every second Sunday of the month is Family Free Day at MODA!

In February, our Family Free Day falls on Valentine's Day, so we're celebrating the component of Design Thinking that comes from the heart, EMPATHY! Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of others.

On February 14, we'll investigate empathy by building robots. When empathy informs a robot’s design, the robot reflects the humanity of its creator and interacts more effectively with human beings. Join us between 1pm and 4pm to build robots with LEGO Mindstorms. And if you have a favorite robot, bring it to MODA!

Admission is free, but please register in advance so we know how many people to expect.

**Due to overwhelming response, we have closed online registration. Walk-in participants are welcome on Sunday. Pre-registered attendees will be given priority at the door and participation is subject to capacity of the museum.**

3D Printing from Minecraft

In our 3D printing from Minecraft classes, kids ages 8-15 take their gaming skills to the next level as they design structures in Minecraft that can be printed on one of our 3D Printers (due to print times, items will be ready for pick-up within a few days).

In these workshops, students will:

  • become familiar with a basic 3d design software
  • learn how to design an object by manipulating basic shapes, symbols and texts
  • learn about 3D printing, its materials, and processes

  • Click here to browse classes and for registration.
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    littleBits Circuitry Workshops for Kids

    littleBits are color-coded “Bits modules” that snap together magnetically to make it easy for children to learn about electronics while building simple circuits and inventive projects in seconds.

    In our littleBits Circuitry classes, children ages 8-12 will build electric circuits and use them to bring animate animals they’ve created or superhero gadgets they’ve designed.

    For more information or registration, click here.

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    Make Believe America Opens February 28

    One of the goals of U.S. cultural diplomacy during the Cold War (1947-1991) was to win hearts and minds overseas so as to reduce the influence of communist ideology. U.S. participation in cultural exhibitions worldwide was an important way in which this goal was achieved.

    Our newest exhibition, Make Believe America: U.S.. Cultural Exhibitions in the Cold War, demonstrates how American self-representation at cultural exhibitions evolved from the 1950s to 1970s.

    The exhibition also examines the crucial role played by designers in giving form and substance to political and cultural ideas prioritized by U.S. policymakers and in communicating America’s story to audiences in foreign countries.

    Make Believe America was curated by Andrew J. Wulf, Ph.D., Executive Director of the New Mexico History Museum.

    More>>

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    Are You a MODA Member?

    Join now! And MODA memberships make great holiday gifts as well!

    Get free admission to MODA exhibitions for a year and join a community of people who believe that design can make the world a better place.

    Need a little more incentive?

    Become a MODA member now or renew your membership and get a free ticket to a member-only LEGO and Local Brew happening on January 27 at

    Not into LEGO or beer? Then we’ll give you a free t-shirt instead!**

    A membership associate will contact you after you purchase to find out whether you want to attend LEGO and Local Brew or whether you want a t-shirt.

    **Offer good only through December 31. Members buying or renewing membership at the Individual level can choose between 1 LEGO and Local Brew ticket (must be 21 years of age) or 1 t-shirt. Members buying or renewing at the Dual membership level or above can choose between 2 LEGO and Local Brew tickets (must be 21 years of age) or 1 t-shirt.

    More>>

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    Registration for campMODA is Open

    Kids who attend campMODA design cool stuff! They learn to use Design Thinking in connection with science, technology, engineering, and math skills to solve real world problems. It’s tons of fun!

    MODA is pleased to offer the following camps in summer 2016:

    • Designing with Minecraft for 5-7 Year Olds
    • Designing with  Minecraft for 8-12 Year Olds
    • Astrophotography for 10-14 Year Olds
    • Wearable Technology for 12-14 Year Olds
    • Making with WeDos, little Bits, & Legos for 5-7 Year Olds
    • LEGO Robotics with NXT for 8-12 Year Olds

    For locations, times and dates, click here. Space is limited, so register early.

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