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Causes: Arts & Culture, Education, Engineering, Environment, Environmental Education, Primary & Elementary Schools, Technology, Visual Arts

Mission: People are born to learn. Learning is as much a journey as it is a treasure. To learn is to be alive and the purpose of life is to live a life with purpose. 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 connected scales – nano, pattern, object, space, architecture, neighborhood, urban, region, and world. NEXT.cc’s journeys introduce activities online, in the classroom, in the community and globally. NEXT.cc journeys and activities are supported with links to museums, institutions and contemporary practices. The eco web network of journeys provides a solid foundation for newly established NAAEE North American Association of Environmental Education standards with place based design activities that address the five goals of environmental education: Awareness, Knowledge, Attitudes and Environmental Ethic, Citizen Action Skills, and Citizen Action Experiences. NEXT.cc is based on Wisconsin Art and Design Standards and Common Core State Standards. Now set to NEXT Generation Science Standards for K-2, 3-5 and 6-8, NEXT.cc delivers NGSS Cross Cutting Concepts through transdisciplinary activities. NEXT.cc plans to reach young people, their teachers and their families with meaningful learning experiences that create positive influence on lives and outcomes. NURTURE creativity PROMOTE stewardship of the environment INSPIRE wonder of the built and natural world CONNECT an eco-web community ENABLE teachers as collaborators empowering youth-led projects CRITIQUE and impact consumption PROPOSE humanitarian solutions to social problems ADVOCATE conscientious alternative living strategies NEXT.cc (the cc stands for curiosity and compassion) blurs learning with work, play and fun casting a wide net to engage imagination. Participants move fluidly between researching and modeling on the computer to being active investigators and makers in their communities. Learning to think critically, act compassionately and work creatively, NEXT.cc participants topically research ideas, learn new languages and skills, discover relationships and propose improvements to local conditions.

Results: NEXT.cc is a collaborative effort by principals, teachers, architects, artists and college art, art education, design and architecture students (MIT, Harvard, NYIT, CCAC, Parsons, SAIC, UWM) . Founded as an educational non-profit in 2007, NEXT.cc staff and advisory boards research and create trans disciplinary journeys that engage local ideas with global practices. The neuroscience of learning tells us that early years are formative years in connecting to place. 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 expanding STEM teaching to 21st century STEAM (Science, Technology, Environment, Engineering, Art and Math). Working to reach at risk student populations and underserved teachers, NEXT.cc connects multi generational expertise in delivering best practices and cutting edge research to young imaginations through everyday technology on cell phones, IPADs, laptops and computers. The K12 years are formidable in that they are a very short time in which to instill the desire to learn and the need to know to find one's place in the world to contribute. The iterative, experimental, explorative nature of design needs to be part of every young person's schooling to allow for failure, reflection, evaluation and rethinking. NEXT.cc is an outstanding example of a social network that locally and globally introduces and supports systemic change in teaching and learning. Recognized as a National Environmental Education Green STEM Innovator (2012), for outstanding Media Education in the Built Environment by the Union of International Architects (2011), Wisconsin Arts Board Creative Communities (2010), United States Green Building Council Excellence in Green Building Education (2009) and a Design Education Innovator, National Endowment for the Arts (2007), NEXT.cc is charging education and students to connect to their informal interests through self selected exploration of the world. NEXT.cc workshops have reached over 5500 teachers and 25,000 students and its eLearning act, explore and relate activities are being accessed in 50 states and over 150 countries. The current Connected Ed site has over 250 journeys, 1500 activities and 10000 links supporting classroom activities and is free to users 24/7 365 days a year!

Target demographics: green imaginations with the wonder and possibilities of contributing to a betterrelationships between people and the natural and built world.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2500+ students and over 500 teachers

Geographic areas served: virtually in 50 US States and over 150 countries

Programs: student workshops; teacher professional development; school inservices; creativity curriculum consultation; place based project learning specific to school communities.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Next.cc is a helpful website. The website is a great tool to explore outside of ones personal's profession. As a lighting designer, I always work with other professionals, but I don't really understand what they think. Next.cc helped me to understand other profession's language and not be left behind. Also, with the variety of journeys, it makes me think how I can improve our living environments and societies.

1 YuwanSun

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NEXT CC is an amazing organization, I was lucky to be a volunteer for NEXT. NEXT is devoted to the dissemination of architecture and design education. It also proposes unique architectural and design concepts from the aspects of environmental protection and water resources utilization. It is widely disseminated in the form of workshops and lectures from teenagers to older people. Bit by bit spreads the new power of environmental protection.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Incredible and creative workshop to raise environmental awareness for teens in the Chicago area!

Carol230

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing non-profit that supports educators and artists. It is one the few organizations that combines science, sustainability, art, and music. A wonderful innovative nature of this organization is truly remarkable,

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

To better explain our experience in the "partnership" with NEXT.CC you need some background about our organization.
To start, my name is Marcelo Caplan, associate professor in the Department of Science and Mathematics - Columbia College Chicago and Director of the program Scientists for Tomorrow (SfT). SfT provides access and opportunities to undeserved and underrepresented communities to learn and promote themselves in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) serving more than 40 communities (children and parents) in the Chicago Area. We provide on-site STEM hands-on curriculum where the participants build STEM oriented projects. (www.scientistsfortomorrow.org)
In our quest to provide also a "high quality and free" online complementary set of activities for our children and parents we started a deep search until we discovered NEXT.CC
We explore their journeys that includes many topics, developed in a level that progressively attract children to explore a topic they like, and then, have opportunity to delve more into their selected topic and with it develop a “passion”. This passion was enabled by the possibilities that NEXT.CC offered.
Then, the next step was obvious: to contact NEXT.CC leader, Linda Keane, and establish a partnership. The goal of the partnership is to provide to our children a combination of real world hands-on experience with e-learning to allow them to grow and explore in their own pace.
Working with Linda we develop and adapt some journeys and now we are developing two new journeys: The Smart Grid and the Renewable Energies journeys. Working with Linda, and the team of NEXT.CC is a pleasure and an inspiration. They are really dedicated to promote ACCESS to all.
To close, I will like to say that for us in Scientists for Tomorrow, it is a pleasure and an honor to have NEXT.CC as a partner in our quest to facilitate STEM for ALL!!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Next.cc offers an exceptional set of STEAM-related resources that can easily be integrated into existing classroom curriculum.

I have had the pleasure of interacting and collaborating with the founders of Next.cc for quite some time. Their dedication and sense of what is required to engage, inform, and empower 21st century learners are right on target.

Olivia22

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I attended a lecture workshop on playground design by Linda Keane of NEXt at the Design X conference in Chicago in 2015. I was so impressed. I've worked in the field of collaborative public art and space design for many years and I found her approach to be so organized and refreshing. The National Visual Arts Standards adopted in 2015 include this prompt for designing objectives for K-12 curriculum: "People create and interact with objects, places, and design that define, shape, enhance, and empower their lives." The workshops and website resources of NEXT CC INC provide the kinds of support that art educators need to educate the citizens of tomorrow about the possibilities of taking an active role in designing spaces for public life. Olivia Gude, Angela Gregory Paterakis Professor of Art Education, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Kevan N.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was initially introduced to Next.CC at the 2016 NAEA CONFERENCE in Chicago while attending a workshop dealing with STEAM by Design. My interest in STEAM is as a result of my belief in the importance of cross curricular teachinng as well as the importance of the inclusion of the arts in a truly comprehensive model for effective learning. My high school is looking to become the 1st STEAM high school in Minnesota and that added impetus for my attending this particular session which turned out to be the highlight of my experience at the Conference. I was totally amazed and intrigued by the massive amount of well thought out resources and lesson plans that NEXT.CC provided and have subsequently shared those resources with the STEAM Steering Committee that I am a part of at my school. I also reached out to Linda Keane after the Conference and have asked her to be a resource for us as we begin to take the necessary steps to integrate the STEAM centered approach to the transformation of my high school which she has volunteered to do. Finally, I have to say that since I was first introduced to the STEAM concept several years ago at my state level art education conference (AEM), by our then keynote speaker Georgette Yakman from Virginia Tech, I have never found as complete and thoroughly developed resource as NExT.CC is for the creation of a sustainable and meaningful STEAM based curriculum model.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NEXT.cc provides valuable tools for teachers and students that help student LEARN about over 250 different topics! Each subject area includes an introduction, terminology, activities, references to additional information, and a chance to test what's been learned. A Chicago Public School teacher informed me that she LOVES NEXT.cc because it gives her students a resource, besides her, to investigate subjects of interest and/or address areas of confusion. And above that, the site is FREE. Students can even post their work and share it with other members around the world, inspiring creative interchange not otherwise available!