breaking the code educational Systems

New Algorithms for a Humane and Just World.

Breaking The Code is an innovative STEM program that utilizes cutting edge technology to empower children of color and to ignite their genius.

CIRRICULUM SEGMENTS

A Fully rounded Creative Program.

The aim with Breaking the Code is to craft a creative program that focused as much on skill improvement and technological competency, but to also nurture responsible creators, inventors and artists.   

01.

Design Fundamentals

Learning the basic of design as well as a survey of great design of the 20th and 21st centuries. 

02.

Art + Design History

A classic overview of art and design history. The idea is to provide every student with a solid historical foundation for their future work. 

03.

Coding Basics

Learning the basics of coding and Object Oriented Programming(OOP). Focusing mainly on product focused languages (for web and mobile). 

04.

Adobe Creative Suite Basics

Gain working knowledge of the Adobe’s collection of digital production tools. 

05.

The War Of Art

Inspired by Steven Pressfield’s “War of Art” we focus on the psychological aspects of being a maker and creator and being a more productive creative. 

06.

Digital Development

An overview of the steps and processes involved in creating a digital product like a mobile app or interactive game. The focus is on working collaboratively and efficiently across teams. 

07.

Art Activism in History

The focus of this segment is to introduce the ideas and themes of artistic activism through the centuries an how those ideas can be adapted to our present times.   

08.

Mass Media Education

From analog and digital, we take students through a survey of the current media landscape and how no one medium exists on it’s own but within a state of hyper connectivity. 

09.

Community and Personal Responsibility

A basic course in civics and community responsibility. Our aim is to help each student find their unique passion and voice.  

Events and Programs

Breaking the Code Initiatives

Breaking the Code Initiatives are self-contained events that aim to achieve maximum exposure and  reach to the communities that we wanted to serve. Specifically targeted to students North, West and South Philadelphia with limited access to STEM (and STE[A]M) opportunities. 

2019-2020

FRSHWV FESTIVAL

NOTE: Unfortunately the 2020 event has been indefinitely delayed due to COVID-19 shelter in place restrictions.  

The FRSHWV(FRESH WAVE) Teen Music and Tech Festival was created in partnership with Jr Music Execs. The goal of the festival is to bring artists, innovators and business leaders together to share ideas, knowledge, and resources to encourage creative and professional growth.

2014

CREATIVE TECH WORKS

Most people learn best by doing. What we do becomes a memory, and when it’s repeated enough times it becomes something you do it without thinking about it, like riding a bike, or playing a video game, or solving a problem.

 We are all apprentices, learning something new every day but what makes us the best at it is when we stick to it until we master it. That’s what we do here in Creative Tech Works Design Studio – The “CTW” –work with technology until we master it. CreativeTech Works Design Studio provides students ages 14-21 with a cognitive apprenticeship in STEM – so their memories for problem-solving become embedded and their confidence as experts begins to take hold. We use a design based thinking in a fun, highly interactive community- based maker space. It’s a place that encourages accelerated knowledge and attitudes to effectively apply STEM concepts, not just play at it. The first year of the program culminated with the students developing an “Amazing Race” event. Where they built a race-tracking app using wearable tech, as well as developing the marketing and promotion around the event.

2012 - 2013

BREAKING THE CODE / GOOGLE APPS IN EDUCATION

Breaking the Code Culture & Cognition Pre-Summit Workshop was developed along with a group of talented artists, educators, and creative thinkers.

 The Google Education Pennsylvania Summit will feature a ground-breaking pre-summit workshop highlighting Culture & Cognition: strategies to unravel how children receive, process, and transform information creatively, using technology. Educators will share in thought-provoking and very practical exchanges designed to increase their impact when teaching in front of K-12 urban classrooms.

2011

BLUE BOX / BLUES BABE FOUNDATION

A unique space in the heart of North Philadelphia that sought to bring a unique artistic insight and community purpose to an underserved neighborhood.

While working with my client, Grammy-winning recording artist Jill Scott, I recognized that she had an unused gallery space in the heart of North Philadelphia. My goal was to transform the space into a place where the community could come together and share ideas. Along with a dedicated staff of student volunteers, I hosted a variety of events and gatherings inspired by a love of the North Philadelphia area.

SAMPLE READING LIST

STUDENT REQUIRED READING

DESIGN PRICIPLES AD DESIGN THININKING

Current and past classic on the process of design.

RACIAL AND SOCIAL JUSTICE PRINCIPLES

How our creativity impact society and how we can use our work for good.

DIGITAL PRODUCTION FUNDAMENTALS

Exploring the basic building blocks of web, mobile and interactive development.

FEAUTURES BOOK

Welcome to Earth - Rah Crawford's Art Experience

Welcome to Earth-Rah Crawford’s Art Experience is a documentation of the artist’s decade spanning exhibition and the introduction of a new approach to art. The 100 page book is filled with event photographs, artwork and commentary that reveal Crawford’s four-part exhibition which began in 2004 and concluded in 2015. Abc News reported that “Rah has arrived on the scene and is helping to change the face of contemporary art.” The New York Times described Crawford’s art as “Buoyant” “Optimistic” and “Exuberant”. ArtHistoryArchive.com includes Rah Crawford on a short list of 17 artists whose work epitomizes the Neo Pop art movement along with Keith Haring, Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons.

CREATIVE + INTELLECTUAL DEVELOPMENT

Class Reading Lists

Most programs simply focus on limited aspects of being a creator. Our intent to create a fully rounded creative individually who embraces their responsibility within the greater community. Every week of the program we require all students to read one book.