MODA's Education Partners are schools, community centers, and educational organizations that share our belief that design is a tool for addressing important 21st century challenges.
MODA reinforces the educational efforts of our partners in innovative and out-of-the-box ways, helping to shape STEAM and Design Thinking problems and to empower students to use design to address real-world problems. In turn, our partners challenge us to think differently about what a museum is and how it interacts with visitors of all ages. As a result, our galleries are becoming classrooms, design labs, and sites of interaction and innovation.
For information about becoming an Education Partner at MODA, please contact Laura Flusche, email@example.com or 404.979.6457.
Our Current Partners
Mt. Vernon Institute for Innovation & Mt. Vernon Presbyterian School
The Mt. Vernon Institute for Innovation & Mt. Vernon Presbyterian School hold the honor of being our first educational partners. MODA and Mt. Vernon share the belief that Design Thinking empowers students to think critically, work collaboratively, and address real-world problems.
We have collaborated with Mt. Vernon on a variety of projects, but one of the most inspiring occurred in 2015 when the school's Innovation Diploma students served as consultants to the museum helping to generate and test ideas about how MODA might create and shape an out-of-the-box membership community and how we might measure visitor satisfaction more creatively and effectively.
The Children's School
The Children's School is located in Midtown Atlanta, just blocks from MODA. The school prioritizes hands-on, experiential learning and infuses Design Thinking into academic and instructional efforts.
MODA's relationship with The Children's School began with teachers using our galleries as classrooms, effectively breaking the mold of the traditional museum field trip. In the past year, MODA has joined forces with The Children's School at Makers Faire, bringing making and innovation to youth in a section of the Faire called Innovators' Playground.
We also partnered with The Children's School to bring Innovators' Playground activities to on of our monthly Family Free Days as seen in this video:
First Presbyterian Preschool — located just across the street from MODA — offers preschool and Kindergarten classes for children ages 18 months through Kindergarten. Founded in 1946, it is the oldest, continuously operating preschool in Georgia.
MODA is thrilled to partner with First Presbyterian Preschool in the 2016-2017 academic year to offer in-museum workshops with littleBits, LEGOs, Robotics, and tinkering that teach valuable STEAM and design skills to students of all ages. In the summer of 2016, we collaborated with the preschool to offer a STEAM-based summer camp as well.
Women in Technology
Women in Technology (WIT) supports women at every stage of their STEM careers — from the classroom to the boardroom.
MODA is partnering with WIT to bring STEM education and career awareness to girls through expert-facilitated visits to our exhibitions and hands-on STEM and design learning that depeen awareness of and confidence with STEM technologies like 3D printing, micro controllers, wearable technology, and electronics.