Final Showcase - GIANT Wave Makers: A Festival of Light and Sound
Jun
28
to Jun 29

Final Showcase - GIANT Wave Makers: A Festival of Light and Sound

  • The GIANT Room Pop Up at High LIne Nine (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Starting with a blank canvas, GIANT children will transform the gallery into an enchanted space where music and light showcase their dreams. On the last two days of the pop-up, we’ll curate a show and celebrate the GIANT waves made together! Join us to welcome the commencement of summer together.

Free admission for all. RSVP Required

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Workshop: Harness the Sun's Waves
Jun
27
3:30 PM15:30

Workshop: Harness the Sun's Waves

  • The GIANT Room Pop Up at High Line Nine (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

DESCRIPTION: For kids who dare to wonder with sustainable power sources!  In this workshop children become engineers, makers, and artists. They will create circuits and explore how solar panels can power lights and sound art pieces to be installed in the GIANT Wave Makers Festival.

Recommended for ages 5 to 12

LEARN ABOUT

  • Sustainable energy and solar panels

  • Connecting solar panels in series and parallel

  • Powering up a circuit with solar energy

WORKSHOP LENGTH: 1.5 hour + Complimentary 1 hour access to GIANT Open Studio after the workshop

TIME: 3:30 to 5pm on June 27th

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS: This workshop will be lead by GIANT founders, Dr. Azi Jamalian, and Dr. Jessica Mezei. Azi has a PhD in Cognitive Studies in Education from Columbia University and bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering. Azi loves designing programs and tools for children to learn new things with confidence and joy. Jess has a PhD in Science Education from Columbia University. A former teacher and informal educator, from camps to classrooms, she brings curiosity and care to set the stage for learning.

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Workshop: Build And Code Musical Instruments #3
Jun
26
3:30 PM15:30

Workshop: Build And Code Musical Instruments #3

  • The GIANT Room Pop Up at High Line Nine (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

DESCRIPTION: In this workshop children become designers, coders, and musicians! They will be invited to learn fundamentals in coding (variables, functions, loops, and logic statements), compose and code their own music pieces, fabricate and build unique instruments using littleBits Code Kit, and play music on their newly built instruments!

Recommended for ages 5-12

LEARN ABOUT

  • Coding fundamentals (variables, functions, loops, and logic statements)

  • Block-based coding

  • Building programmable musical instruments

WORKSHOP LENGTH: 1.5 hour + Complimentary 1 hour access to GIANT Open Studio after the workshop

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS: This workshop will be lead by GIANT founders, Dr. Azi Jamalian, and Dr. Jessica Mezei. Azi has a PhD in Cognitive Studies in Education from Columbia University and bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering. Azi loves designing programs and tools for children to learn new things with confidence and joy. Jess has a PhD in Science Education from Columbia University. A former teacher and informal educator, from camps to classrooms, she brings curiosity and care to set the stage for learning.

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Workshop: Curious Waves with Fruits and Veggies #2
Jun
25
3:30 PM15:30

Workshop: Curious Waves with Fruits and Veggies #2

  • The GIANT Room Pop Up at High Line Nine (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

DESCRIPTION: For curious kids who want to make waves through unexpected objects! Join this workshop if you want to learn how electric current flows and experiment to find out what surprising materials can sustain electricity. They will be invited to become circuit designers and scientists that will experiment on fruits, vegetables and more to see what kind of waves they can make! Turn everyday objects like bananas into touchpads, surprising sounds, or perhaps magical lights! Come and experiment with us.

Recommended for ages 5 to 12

LEARN ABOUT

  • Electricity and conductivity

  • Basic circuit design

  • Building sensors

  • Designing musical water and more

WORKSHOP LENGTH: 1.5 hour + Complimentary 1 hour access to GIANT Open Studio after the workshop

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS: This workshop will be lead by GIANT founders, Dr. Azi Jamalian, and Dr. Jessica Mezei. Azi has a PhD in Cognitive Studies in Education from Columbia University and bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering. Azi loves designing programs and tools for children to learn new things with confidence and joy. Jess has a PhD in Science Education from Columbia University. A former teacher and informal educator, from camps to classrooms, she brings curiosity and care to set the stage for learning.

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Workshop: Code Robots to Play Music or Make Art #2
Jun
24
3:30 PM15:30

Workshop: Code Robots to Play Music or Make Art #2

  • The GIANT Room Pop Up at High LIne Nine (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

DESCRIPTION: In this workshop children become coders, robot builders, musicians and artists! They will be invited to learn fundamentals in coding (variables, functions, loops, and logic statements), build their own robots with littleBits electronic building blocks, program Dash robots by Wonder Workshop, and code their robots to play music or create an art piece to be installed in the GIANT Wave Makers Festival.

Recommended for ages 5-12

LEARN ABOUT

  • Coding fundamentals (variables, functions, loops, and logic statements)

  • Robotics

  • Sensors, inputs, and outputs

WORKSHOP LENGTH: 1.5 hour + Complimentary 1 hour access to GIANT Open Studio after the workshop

TIME: 3:30 to 5pm on June 24th

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS: This workshop will be lead by GIANT founders, Dr. Azi Jamalian, and Dr. Jessica Mezei. Azi has a PhD in Cognitive Studies in Education from Columbia University and bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering. Azi loves designing programs and tools for children to learn new things with confidence and joy. Jess has a PhD in Science Education from Columbia University. A former teacher and informal educator, from camps to classrooms, she brings curiosity and care to set the stage for learning.

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Workshop: Design Critiquing Around The Campfire #2
Jun
21
3:30 PM15:30

Workshop: Design Critiquing Around The Campfire #2

  • The GIANT Room Pop Up at High Line Nine (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

DESCRIPTION: For kids with insightful feedback who dare to share! Inspired by Stanford University's d.school method of design thinking, we invite children to playtest prototypes, toys, and tools and provide their critiques within a playful structure. Giving and receiving feedback is an important part of any design process, and we can teach our children from a young age how to observe, examine, and provide insightful feedback. GIANT founders first led this workshop at a TED Ed Club weekend, and since then it has been one of our most popular workshops.

Recommended for ages 5-12

LEARN ABOUT

  • Giving and receiving constructive feedback

  • User testing

  • Empathy and perspective taking

WORKSHOP LENGTH: 1.5 hour + Complimentary 1 hour access to GIANT Open Studio after the workshop

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS: This workshop will be lead by GIANT founders, Dr. Azi Jamalian, and Dr. Jessica Mezei. Azi has a PhD in Cognitive Studies in Education from Columbia University and bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering. Azi loves designing programs and tools for children to learn new things with confidence and joy. Jess has a PhD in Science Education from Columbia University. A former teacher and informal educator, from camps to classrooms, she brings curiosity and care to set the stage for learning.

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Spotlight Workshop: Improv Together
Jun
20
3:30 PM15:30

Spotlight Workshop: Improv Together

  • The GIANT Room Pop Up at High Line Nine (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

DESCRIPTION: For kids who dare to say YES and build on each others ideas! Join this workshop if you want to be bold, brave and bring your imagination to the world. During the workshop you will learn the principles of improv, play improv games, listen and build quirky performances with the group.  

Recommended for ages 5+

LEARN ABOUT

  • Improv techniques

  • Communication skills

  • Resiliency

  • Team building

WORKSHOP LENGTH: 1.5 hour + Complimentary 1 hour access to GIANT Open Studio after the workshop

TIME: 3:30 to 5pm on June 20th

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: This workshop will be lead by Mary Lemmer, our improv specialist, who is an entrepreneur, improv comedian, and TED Speaker. Mary is the creator of Improv4, a company that uses improv comedy techniques to train individuals and teams to improve their leadership, team effectiveness, and communication skills. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and has studied improv comedy at The Second City and The Annoyance in Chicago, Upright Citizen’s Brigade in NYC, EndGames Improv and Bay Area Theatre Sports in San Francisco.

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Workshop: Build And Code Musical Instruments #2
Jun
19
3:30 PM15:30

Workshop: Build And Code Musical Instruments #2

  • The GIANT Room Pop Up at High Line Nine (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

DESCRIPTION: In this workshop children become designers, coders, and musicians! They will be invited to learn fundamentals in coding (variables, functions, loops, and logic statements), compose and code their own music pieces, fabricate and build unique instruments using littleBits Code Kit, and play music on their newly built instruments!

Recommended for ages 5-12

LEARN ABOUT

  • Coding fundamentals (variables, functions, loops, and logic statements)

  • Block-based coding

  • Building programmable musical instruments

WORKSHOP LENGTH: 1.5 hour + Complimentary 1 hour access to GIANT Open Studio after the workshop

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS: This workshop will be lead by GIANT founders, Dr. Azi Jamalian, and Dr. Jessica Mezei. Azi has a PhD in Cognitive Studies in Education from Columbia University and bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering. Azi loves designing programs and tools for children to learn new things with confidence and joy. Jess has a PhD in Science Education from Columbia University. A former teacher and informal educator, from camps to classrooms, she brings curiosity and care to set the stage for learning.

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Workshop: Sewing Lights Together
Jun
18
3:30 PM15:30

Workshop: Sewing Lights Together

  • The GIANT Room Pop Up at High Line Nine (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

DESCRIPTION: For maker kids who want to sew a textile that lights up! Join this workshop for an introduction to e-textiles where you will learn how to stitch, wire and power-up LEDs. We will be working with fun textiles and materials to design a quilt that will light up the night. Participants will learn about simple circuits, conductive thread, batteries, LEDs, and more. Together, we’ll create a large 20+ swatch quilt with lights and exhibit our masterpieces at The GIANT Wave Makers Festival!

Recommended for ages 5 to 12

LEARN ABOUT

  • Identify and use basic electronic components

  • Create basic electronic circuits

  • Sew with conductive thread

  • Make a DIY project that sparkles and glows

WORKSHOP LENGTH: 1.5 hour + Complimentary 1 hour access to GIANT Open Studio after the workshop

TIME: 3:30 to 5pm on June 18th

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: This workshop will be lead by Dr. Ronah Harris, who is computer science educator, STEM education advocate and founder of Play Pattern LLC an Education Technology consultancy. Ronah is a graduate of the Teachers College, Columbia University and has published and consulted on topics of cognition, creativity, innovation, technology and design.  

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Workshop: Curious Waves with Fruits and Veggies #1
Jun
17
3:30 PM15:30

Workshop: Curious Waves with Fruits and Veggies #1

  • The GIANT Room Pop Up at High Line Nine (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

DESCRIPTION: For curious kids who want to make waves through unexpected objects! Join this workshop if you want to learn how electric current flows and experiment to find out what surprising materials can sustain electricity. They will be invited to become circuit designers and scientists that will experiment on fruits, vegetables and more to see what kind of waves they can make! Turn everyday objects like bananas into touchpads, surprising sounds, or perhaps magical lights! Come and experiment with us.

Recommended for ages 5 to 12

LEARN ABOUT

  • Electricity and conductivity

  • Basic circuit design

  • Building sensors

  • Designing musical water and more

WORKSHOP LENGTH: 1.5 hour + Complimentary 1 hour access to GIANT Open Studio after the workshop

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS: This workshop will be lead by GIANT founders, Dr. Azi Jamalian, and Dr. Jessica Mezei. Azi has a PhD in Cognitive Studies in Education from Columbia University and bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering. Azi loves designing programs and tools for children to learn new things with confidence and joy. Jess has a PhD in Science Education from Columbia University. A former teacher and informal educator, from camps to classrooms, she brings curiosity and care to set the stage for learning.

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Spotlight Workshop: Make Waves with Rap
Jun
14
3:30 PM15:30

Spotlight Workshop: Make Waves with Rap

  • The GIANT Room Pop Up at High LIne Nine (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

DESCRIPTION: For kids who dare to use poetry and rhyme to share their ideas! Join this workshop if you want to use your voice in a new way or hone your rapping craft. During the workshop you will put your voice to work through voice exercises, learn how to put together your own rap and even perform.

Recommended for children ages 5-12

LEARN ABOUT

  • Confidence building

  • Literacy and Poetry

  • Rap singing

WORKSHOP LENGTH: 1.5 hour + Complimentary 1 hour access to GIANT Open Studio after the workshop

TIME: 3:30 to 5pm on June 14th

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

This workshop will be lead by GIANT guide, Raegan Sealy, our voice specialist, who is a singer, rapper and poet from the UK. She is a former TED Resident, Fulbright Scholar with an MFA in poetry.

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Workshop: Design Critiquing Around The Campfire #1
Jun
13
3:30 PM15:30

Workshop: Design Critiquing Around The Campfire #1

  • The GIANT Room Pop Up at High Line Nine (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

DESCRIPTION: For kids with insightful feedback who dare to share! Inspired by Stanford University's d.school method of design thinking, we invite children to playtest prototypes, toys, and tools and provide their critiques within a playful structure. Giving and receiving feedback is an important part of any design process, and we can teach our children from a young age how to observe, examine, and provide insightful feedback. GIANT founders first led this workshop at a TED Ed Club weekend, and since then it has been one of our most popular workshops.

Recommended for ages 5-12

LEARN ABOUT

  • Giving and receiving constructive feedback

  • User testing

  • Empathy and perspective taking

WORKSHOP LENGTH: 1.5 hour + Complimentary 1 hour access to GIANT Open Studio after the workshop

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS: This workshop will be lead by GIANT founders, Dr. Azi Jamalian, and Dr. Jessica Mezei. Azi has a PhD in Cognitive Studies in Education from Columbia University and bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering. Azi loves designing programs and tools for children to learn new things with confidence and joy. Jess has a PhD in Science Education from Columbia University. A former teacher and informal educator, from camps to classrooms, she brings curiosity and care to set the stage for learning.

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Workshop: Code Robots to Play Music or Make Art #1
Jun
12
3:30 PM15:30

Workshop: Code Robots to Play Music or Make Art #1

  • The GIANT Room Pop Up at High LIne Nine (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

DESCRIPTION: In this workshop children become coders, robot builders, musicians and artists! They will be invited to learn fundamentals in coding (variables, functions, loops, and logic statements), build their own robots with littleBits electronic building blocks, program Dash robots by Wonder Workshop, and code their robots to play music or create an art piece to be installed in the GIANT Wave Makers Festival.

Recommended for ages 5-12

LEARN ABOUT

  • Coding fundamentals (variables, functions, loops, and logic statements)

  • Robotics

  • Sensors, inputs, and outputs

WORKSHOP LENGTH: 1.5 hour + Complimentary 1 hour access to GIANT Open Studio after the workshop

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS: This workshop will be lead by GIANT founders, Dr. Azi Jamalian, and Dr. Jessica Mezei. Azi has a PhD in Cognitive Studies in Education from Columbia University and bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering. Azi loves designing programs and tools for children to learn new things with confidence and joy. Jess has a PhD in Science Education from Columbia University. A former teacher and informal educator, from camps to classrooms, she brings curiosity and care to set the stage for learning.

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Workshop: Build And Code Musical Instruments #1
Jun
11
3:30 PM15:30

Workshop: Build And Code Musical Instruments #1

  • The GIANT Room Pop Up at High Line Nine (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

DESCRIPTION: In this workshop children become designers, coders, and musicians! They will be invited to learn fundamentals in coding (variables, functions, loops, and logic statements), compose and code their own music pieces, fabricate and build unique instruments using littleBits Code Kit, and play music on their newly built instruments!

Recommended for ages 5-12

LEARN ABOUT

  • Coding fundamentals (variables, functions, loops, and logic statements)

  • Block-based coding

  • Building programmable musical instruments

WORKSHOP LENGTH: 1.5 hour + Complimentary 1 hour access to GIANT Open Studio after the workshop

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS: This workshop will be lead by GIANT founders, Dr. Azi Jamalian, and Dr. Jessica Mezei. Azi has a PhD in Cognitive Studies in Education from Columbia University and bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering. Azi loves designing programs and tools for children to learn new things with confidence and joy. Jess has a PhD in Science Education from Columbia University. A former teacher and informal educator, from camps to classrooms, she brings curiosity and care to set the stage for learning.

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Open Studio - GIANT Wave Makers: A Festival of Light and Sound
Jun
11
to Jun 28

Open Studio - GIANT Wave Makers: A Festival of Light and Sound

  • The GIANT Room Pop Up at High LIne Nine (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We bring GIANT Wave Makers to the High Line Nine, an interactive light and sound festival to celebrate the beginning of the summer! The GIANT Room invites children and their families to design light installations, music instruments, and art pieces using responsive technology. We will provide solar panels, electronics, programmable LEDs, building materials, and inspiration to build upon. Starting with a blank canvas, GIANT children will transform the gallery into an enchanted space where music and light showcase their imagination. On the last day of the pop-up, we’ll curate a show and celebrate the GIANT waves made together!

Recommended for all ages

LEARN AND DEVELOP

  • Creative confidence

  • Design thinking

  • Invention mindset

DATE: June 11th to June 28th

TIME:

  • 10am to 3pm On Weekdays

  • 10am to 4pm on Weekends

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Workshop: An Ideal Exhibition with Hervé Tullet
Jun
10
11:30 AM11:30

Workshop: An Ideal Exhibition with Hervé Tullet

  • The GIANT Room Pop Up at High Line Nine (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

DESCRIPTION: Join Herve Tullet, the renowned artist, performer, and children's book author for an exceptional interactive art workshop at The GIANT Room as part of his Ideal Exhibition. Ideal Exhibition offers its participants, young and old the opportunity to unleash their creativity and create a work of art in Hervé’s style. The instructions are clear, yet leave much freedom to participants, who act as musicians in a large jazz orchestra, improvising on a theme composed by Hervé. “Ripping, tearing, crumpling, folding, turning over, assembling... my pieces are easy to make.” Herve notes, “But with a simple random gesture, they reveal an image to the eyes that was not expected. There’s a surprise, and this surprise generates an enthusiasm, an energy.” Join him to create your own art pieces in various scales, add light and sound when you wish, and exhibit your masterpieces at The GIANT Wave Makers Festival! Your work will also constitute an Ideal Exhibition that is added to the list of Ideal Exhibitions produced around the world, creating a global work of art.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Herve is the creator of more than 75 internationally acclaimed children’s books, including New York Times bestseller, “Press Here”. As an artist, his large-scale interactive workshops for young and old, have taken place in various art centers and museums around the world including The Tate Modern London, Guggenheim Museum, MoMA, MoCA, and LACMA Los Angeles.

WORKSHOP DURATION: 1.5 hour + Complimentary 1 hour access to GIANT Open Studio before and after the workshop

There are two sessions for this workshop:

  • 11:30am to 1pm

  • 3:30pm to 5pm

Free Event. RSVP required.

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Information Sesssion for Parents
Mar
25
1:00 PM13:00

Information Sesssion for Parents

Information Session @TED hq

Join us on March 25th at 1pm for a lively discussion about our summer programs, camps, workshops, and events. We will share with you exciting news about our grand opening of our Chelsea Hub coming to you this summer, and will address all your questions.

Can’t join in person? RSVP to join online via live screening.

RSVP is required.

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TED Talk
Dec
4
to Dec 7

TED Talk

Our founder, Dr. Azi Jamalian, will be giving her TED talk! What's her big idea, you may ask? To bring together all kids with GIANT dreams who dare to act on them. Together, we’ll create a world where every child is an inventor. Kids will have access to all the tools, support, and mentorship they need to work on their dreams - and more importantly, they’ll be part of a community backing each other up when facing hurdles, and celebrating together all the big wins and GIANT failures along the way. 

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Talk at Maker Faire
Sep
23
3:30 PM15:30

Talk at Maker Faire

How Coworking Space Design Can Improve Kids Invention Hub Design

WeWork redefined office space as a place for grownups to get together, join a bigger community, and do what they love. Here, we will explore a new methodology inspired by working environment and culture of top innovate startups, to create a new social + invention hub for kids to do what they dream.

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Maker Faire New York
Sep
22
to Sep 23

Maker Faire New York

  • New York Hall Of Science (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us at Maker Faire for two days of inventing together! Each child will get a box with lots of art and crafts materials, tech tools, tips and resources to add to a GIANT city made out of your collective imagination.

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