NEXT.cc is an Eco Web that introduces what design is, what it does and why it is important to our future economies. NEXT.cc fosters an appreciation of and citizenship toward our built environment. NEXT.cc connects traditional and underserved teachers, students and their families with trained design mentors (architects, professors, art and design teachers, teaching assistants) in weekly distance education programming advancing K-12 design education through arts, environment and digital fluency learning community based projects.
NEXT introduces students to basic design thinking and making through drawing, modeling, writing and speaking- connecting with their curriculum in science, mathematics, and the humanities. Students learn about themselves, their friends, their community through the world of ideas and their consequences.
Partners to NEXT.cc include the National Design Museum at the Cooper-Hewitt in New York, Smithsonian, Earth Day Educators, US Green Charter Schools, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, ACSA, Washington, D.C., the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, SAIC and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning.