Backpack Project

As head of the Colorado Academy Chinese program, Tara developed a year-long real world design project with the Denver Art Museum that challenged her high school students to create engaging activities to teach museum visitors about Chinese language, culture and art.  Through this project, Tara’s students gained real world experience and developed valuable 21st century skills such as collaboration, entrepreneurialism, creativity, effective oral and written communication and critical thinking.

This exciting, resumé-worthy, design project in partnership with the Denver Art Museum challenged students to:

• Understand common styles of Chinese art and symbolism in art

A student-created backpack activity

• Engage with education department staff at the museum to understand the process of developing materials for use by visitors

A student-created backpack

• Work in teams to design engaging educational activities for children ages 5-11 to use in the China gallery at the museum, create prototypes, test them, make improvements and present their final backpack of activities to a jury of DAM staff at the end of the school year.

As of October, 2011, the Denver Art Museum has developed 2 of the students’ activities for installation in the Just For Fun China Family Activity Centers opening on October 30th, 2011 in conjunction with 2 major Chinese art exhibits at the museum.

Many of the students’ activities are being considered for an upcoming China gallery backpack.

Learn more about this project via Tara’s webinar at the Denver Art Museum website.