WELCOME TO GLOBAL FUTURES!


THE MISSION: A COMMUNITY CENTER, REIMAGINED

Your team is about to set off on a quest to research, design, and build a model of a new community center  based on the needs of the local community, its culture, and a healthy dose of creativity. 


Choose your hometown, allowing students an opportunity to learn about and become even more active members of their own community. Or your class can choose instead to take the global pathway and explore somewhere else in the world!


GLOBAL FUTURES DESIGN LAB

a community-centered, play-based team project and showcase for students

— hands-on fun and engaged learning in live, remote, and hybrid learning environments —

The Global Futures Design Lab is a fun and hands-on team challenge that connects students to the world around them.  With a 4-step design process and  simple 3D modeling materials, students explore and celebrate culture, community and the environment as they collaborate to design and build solutions to real world problems.  . 

  • About    
  • Imagine
  • Design    
  • Build      
  • Share  
  • Connect  
  • The Materials

About the Program

3DuxGlobal Futures Design Lab is an industry-leading challenge-based program. Student teams tackle real-world problems using the design thinking process and 3DuxDesign architectural modeling system. Projects culminate in an interactive web-based student showcase and an optional EXPO, offering youth the perfect platform to share their ideas with a global audience. 


Flexible Program Model for Uninterrupted Learning:  

Designed to seamlessly transition between remote and live settings, Individual Travel Kits allow students to continue the project wherever they are and obviates the need for shared materials, an ideal safety model for schools during COVID-19.


Optional "Side Quest"  Extensions: 

Add-on features include optional Side Quests for students wishing to take a deeper dive into high interest disciplines or for educators to incorporate more standards-aligned academic skills and rigor into the program. Our growing list of Side Quests are detailed based on the project phase and include:

  • Tiny Town Challenge - Students grades 4-6 learn geometry and financial literacy as they design structures with efficiency of space and cost in mind (design phase)

  • Sustainable Futures - Students grades 3+ learn about electricity, circuits and renewable energy sources as the bring their designs to life using 21st century innovative sources like LED lights, solar panels and wind turbines. (design phase)

  • Drafting in 3D - Future engineers, architects, and designers learn the basics of scale, perspective, 3D drafting and shading with. Ideal for grades 4+  (design phase)

  • Art and Architecture - Students have an to opportunity share their own culture with the 3DuxGlobal community by incorporating local architects' and artists' work into their design. Take a deeper dive into art history as students explore local designers of past or modern culture by researching current trends(design phase).

  • Picture Perfect - Students learn from the pros how to create beautiful photos with a smart phone. Learn about best angles, backdrops, and how to create lighting with easily accessible tools. (presentation phase).

  • Make it a Movie - Students have an opportunity to bring their presentation to the next level and show off their theatrical talents. This tutorial will offer some fun high tech and low tech options. Explore ideas from ranging from acting and puppetry, to green screen or time  lapse. (presentation phase).

The Imagination Phase

Presented with a real world challenge, student teams begin the ideation process by first defining the problem, gaining a deeper understanding of the situation, and developing empathy for the stakeholders through research, interviews and exploring their own experiences. 


Once they feel equipped to take on the challenge, student begin to explore all possible solutions—no dream is too big when it comes to making the impossible possible. 

The Design Phase

Now it’s time for teams to put their ideas to the test. Evaluating options based on their practicality and efficiency in students’ respective communities, each team prepares to pitch its solutions to the group and work collaboratively to home in on a concentrated and cohesive design. 


Through the design thinking process, students engage in critical problem solving, creativity, communication and collaboration. Teams pool their combined creativity to put forward the best proposal they can. 


Side Quests

  • Tiny Town Challenge With this standards-aligned printable lesson plan,  students in grades 4-6 will learn how to calculate surface area as it relates to the cost of building materials and volume as they work to balance benefits of more space with cost. Expect this geometry-packed side quest to extend the length of your program by 3-5 hours. 

  • Sustainable Futures - Students grades 3+ learn about electricity, circuits and renewable energy sources as they bring their designs to life using 21st century innovative sources like LED lights, solar panels and wind turbines. *additional materials needed for this will be available at checkout.

  • Drafting in 3D - Future engineers, architects, and designers learn the basics of scale, perspective, 3D drafting on isometric graph paper and shading for adding depth to drawing. This side quest may extend your program  2-3 hours and is Ideal for grades 4+.  

  • Art and Architecture - Students have an opportunity to share their own culture with the 3DuxGlobal community by incorporating local architects' and artists' work into their design. Take a deeper dive into art history as students explore local designers of past or modern culture by researching current trends.

The Build-out

Art, engineering, empathy and logic intersect as teams construct real 3-dimensional prototypes of designs using the 3DuxDesign architectural modeling system and accessories. 


Curious and ambitious students can engage in additional interdisciplinary Side Quests to explore a range of concentrations from geometry to sustainability.

Creating a Presentation

Teams gather from around the world in a virtual celebration of building a better tomorrow. Students share their projects on the 3DuxGlobal Student Showcase, trade ideas offer feedback with their peers, transcending physical boundaries and learning about other’s cultures directly from the children that live there. 


Standout projects will be eligible for a Gold Star and be presented for the world to see on the 3DuxGlobal Live Interactive Map


Side Quests

  • Picture Perfect - Students learn from the pros how to create beautiful photos with a smart phone. Learn about best angles, backdrops, and how to create lighting with easily accessible tools already available on your space.

  • Make it a Movie - Students have an opportunity to bring their presentation to the next level and show off their theatrical talents. This tutorial will offer some fun high tech and low tech options. Explore ideas from ranging from acting and puppetry, to green screen or time  lapse. 

Become a Local Correspondent

For teams that would like to share their community, customs and culture with students from around the world, we invite you to fill out our questionnaire, add some photos and share your story. We will add your region to the 3DuxDesign Global Community Page. 

Introducing our new 3DuxDesign Go-Packs!
  • Personal Packs limits spread of virus and assures student safety

  • Perfect for continuing projects at home and in school 

  • Everything students need for building their projects

  • exclusive 3DuxDesign travel backpack
  • over 50 geometric cardboard shapes
  • 45 assorted 3DuxDesign connectors
  • 24" string 
  • 2 straws
  • 4 fasteners
  • 2 pompoms
  • 1 puppy figurine
  • downloadable lessons, Idea Boards, graph paper and rulers

For the 2020-2021 school year, we are offering all 3DuxGlobal Design Lab learning materials FREE for educators and families with product purchase.

Team Set

Save 10% with 12 students

All the materials you need for 12 students

  • individual material packs  for up to 12 students plus FREE facilitator  kit*

  • one year access to facilitator guide for one educator

  • customized Student Showcase webpage

  • 13 all-access passes to 3Dux Global Student Showcases 

  • 13 all-access passes to 3DuxU lessons and design challenges

3DuxGlobal Team Package

$269.00


* For teams with more than 12 students, purchase one extra kit per extra student

$22.45

Classroom Set

Save 15% with 25 students

Plus FREE facilitator kit

  • individual material packs  for up to 25 students and 2 facilitators *

  • one year access to facilitator guide for 2 educators 

  • 2 custom Student Showcase webpages

  • 26 all-access passes to 3Dux Global Student Showcases 

  • 26 all-access passes to 3DuxU lessons and design challenges

3DuxGlobal Classroom Set

$529.00


* For classes with more than 25 students, purchase one extra kit per extra student

$21.21

School Package

Save 20% with 200 students

Plus 8 FREE facilitators kits

  • individual material packs  for 200 students and 8 facilitators *

  • one year access to facilitator guide for 8 educators 

  • 8 custom Student Showcase webpages

  • 208 all-access passes to 3Dux Global Student Showcases 

  • 208 all-access passes to 3DuxU lessons and design challenges

3DuxGlobal School Package

$3,995.00


* For more than 250 students, purchase one extra kit per extra student

$19.95


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