littleBits Circuitry Workshops for Kids Make Believe America Opens February 28 Girl Scout Night at MODA Afterschool Program – Astrophotography Are You a MODA Member? Registration for campMODA is Open design[ED] Lab Students Exhibit at MODA Curator’s Lecture for Make Believe America Designers, Makers, Users: 3D Printing the Future Second Sundays are Free Family Days!

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.

Girl Scout Night at MODA

Earn Girl Scouts badges at Scout Night at MODA.

Scout Night at MODA takes place every second Tuesday of the month so that Scouts of all levels can earn different badges at the museum throughout the year.

We invite Brownies to join us on Tuesday, March 8, to earn the Inventor Badge. Space is limited. Learn more and register by clicking here.

Afterschool Program – Astrophotography

Would you like to know how professional astronomers and astrophysicists gather information about space? What if you could have remote access to their telescopes and gather images from them on your own?

MODA is excited to be joining the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics program, Youth Capturing the Colorful Cosmos, to bring astrophysics and scientific visualization skills to young astronomers. Students will have access to telescopes and images as they design their own experiments in a 4-week after school program.

The program will meet from 3:30 - 5:00pm on Tuesday March 8, Tuesday March 15, Tuesday March 22, and Tuesday March 29. Cost is $120 / $110 for MODA members and includes all 4 sessions.

Space is limited. Click here to register or visit this page for more information.

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.

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[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.

Curator’s Lecture for Make Believe America

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Join us for a lecture given by the curator of MODA's newest exhibition, Make Believe America: U.S. Cultural Exhibitions During the Cold War, on Saturday, February 27.

Andrew J. Wulf, Ph.D., Curator of Make Believe America and Executive Director of the New Mexico History Museum, will discuss U.S. self-representation in cultural fairs during the Cold War and the important role played by designers and architects in conceiving, assembling, and implementing the exhibitions exported by the U.S. to other countries like India, Afghanistan, the U.S.S.R, Belgium. Canada, and Japan.

His lecture will begin at 2pm and is free and open to the public. Please reserve your place in advance by clicking here.

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.**
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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.

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Girl Scout Night at MODA

Earn Girl Scouts badges at Scout Night at MODA.

Scout Night at MODA takes place every second Tuesday of the month so that Scouts of all levels can earn different badges at the museum throughout the year.

We invite Brownies to join us on Tuesday, March 8, to earn the Inventor Badge.

Space is limited. Learn more and register by clicking here.

More>>

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Afterschool Program – Astrophotography

Would you like to know how professional astronomers and astrophysicists gather information about space? What if you could have remote access to their telescopes and gather images from them on your own?

MODA is excited to be joining the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics program, Youth Capturing the Colorful Cosmos, to bring astrophysics and scientific visualization skills to young astronomers. Students will have access to telescopes and images as they design their own experiments in a 4-week after school program.

The program will meet from 3:30 – 5:00pm on Tuesday March 8, Tuesday March 15, Tuesday March 22, and Tuesday March 29. Cost is $120 / $110 for MODA members and includes all 4 sessions.

Space is limited. Click here to register or visit this page for more information.

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