NeuroKitchen Curiosity Club Art + Science = Curiosity
Engaged Minds + Active Bodies = Happy Kids. The Curiosity Club is a curiosity project for kids to delve into arts and science. The development of curiosity as a driving force for learning and happiness is what the Curiosity Club is all about. Each session we investigate one theme which allows us to delve in deeply. We explore physically, imaginatively, and intellectually. Kids are encouraged to be inquisitive, take initiative, and collaborate.
"Everything is interesting if you go into it deeply enough." - Richard Feynman
Summer 2016: SPACE July 11 - July 29, 2016 : Prop Thtr : 5-9 year olds
Summer 2015: Bodies & Brains July 6 - July 24, 2015 : Prop Thtr : 6-7 year olds with two 12 year old alumni assistants
Mr. Bones (our skeleton) helped us learn the names of our bones with a song, we made model lungs and intestines, felt our heartbeat, painted to sound, practiced meditation, created movies and went on a field trip to be guest teaching artists at a preschool.
Summer 2014: Earth July 7 - July 25, 2014
We made moss graffiti, went on field trips to the woods and the beach and the nature museum, some of us went overnight camping and the kids set up their own tent all by themselves. We made movies and stop motion animations. Also, we invented a body cam for capturing point of view video racing around on the dirt bike trails. Take a look! Link to more!
Summer 2013: Fire July 8 - August 16, 2013
This summer our theme was "fire." Along with science experiments and art projects exploring fire, we made movies, robots, and episodes about some of our experiments. Take a look!Link to more!
Winter Camp 2012: Momentum Friday Dec. 28 from 9:00 - 3:00 at the Prop Thtr
We explored momentum physically, intellectually, and artistically. We made Rube Goldberg machines. We watched this and this and then built our own. We made art with saucer sleds, paint and super balls. At the end of the day we celebrated the end/beginning of the year by burning notes of letting go and tying wishes to the fence.
School-Strike Camp: Sept 10 - 18, 2012 Mondays - Fridays from 9:00 - 3:00 at the Prop Thtr
While the CPS teachers were on strike, we built our "school" together. We explored how our minds work. We investigated experientially through activities like meditation and yoga. We investigated inquisitively by learning about neurons and neural connections. We investigated imaginatively though group story projects and games.
Summer 2012: Air June 25 - August 3 Mondays - Fridays 9:00 - 3:00 at the Prop Thtr 3502 N. Elston
This summer our theme was "air." Along with science experiments and art projects exploring air, we ended up making movies. Take a look! Link to more!
Winter 2011: Gravity
Dec. 30 Friday from 9:00 - 3:00 at the Wicker Park Art Center 2215 W. North Ave, Chicago, IL
We explore physically: Yoga balances, contact improve lifts, creative movement "impossible tasks" like floating in space We explore artistically: Creating gravity painting We explore scientifically: What is gravity? What happens when we drop different things? We explore playfully: In everything we do
Photos: Antar Morrar
Summer 2011: Water Six Weeks fromJuly 5 to August 12 Mondays thru Fridays from 9:00 - 3:00 at the Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston.
"Photos: Anita Evans
Parent Feedback: "I really appreciated the holistic approach in the structure and activities in your day. The combination of yoga, outside play, music, science, and art are everything I could hope to find in a school curriculum. When children are out of school, maintaining order in the daily schedule and including the aforementioned subject areas keeps their brains and bodies active and engaged. Even more so, your creative and interesting approach to these areas makes it what a camp experience should be. …..FUN."
"On a daily basis my son had a wonderful time and lots to share with me when he got home."
"We liked the every dayness of it, the doing stuff, science experiments, the raucous gang of kids feel, the yoga, the friendliness, the cleaning up together. My daughter loved hanging out and ganging around. She really loved all the science experiments, the mix of science and play. She liked the yoga too. She was really engaged and having a really good time."
Kid Feedback: "We do art and science. It's kinda like school....only much funner!"
"I've learned don't say 'no' a lot and be confident in what you are doing."
"My favorite thing was making quicksand because it was the most messiest and because after we did that I got to play floor hockey with mops."
Photos: Anita Evans
Feeding hungry minds one curious moment at a time.