NEXT.cc is an eco web that develops ethical imagination and environmental stewardship. NEXT.cc introduces what design is, what design does, and why design is important. It offers activities across nine scales- nano, pattern, object, space, architecture, neighborhood, urban, region, and world. NEXT.cc’s 130+ journeys integrate over 1300 museums, institutions and contemporary practices. NEXT.cc plans to reach 45 million third grade through twelfth grade students, their teachers and their families with meaningful learning experiences that create positive influence on lives.
PROMOTE stewardship of the environment
INSPIRE wonder of the built and natural world
CONNECT the classroom in an eco-web community
ENABLE teachers as collaborators empowering youth-led active project learning
CRITIQUE and impact consumption
PROPOSE humanitarian solutions to social problems
ADVOCATE conscientious alternative living strategies
NEXT.cc is a collaborative effort by principals, teachers, architects, artists and students. Founded as an educational non-profit in 2007(after 2002 and 2004 pilots) NEXT.cc researches and creates transdisciplinary journeys that engage local ideas with global practices. Participants move from the computer into the community and learn about themselves, their neighbors, and their friends as they engage history and culture of place and explore sustainable design possibilities. NEXT.cc delivers eco literacy and digital fluency changing STEM (Science,Technology, Engineering and Math)
teaching to STEEAM (Science,Technology,Environment, Engineering, Art and Math).
NEXT.cc is partnered with Earth Day Network, US Green Charter Schools, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, Harvard Career Links Project and the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. NEXT.cc workshops have reached over 2000 teachers and 10,000 students since the inception of the eco web in 2007.
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