On Thursday, August 9, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, together with the City’s Education Cabinet, the Timothy Smith Network (TSN), and the Boston Public Library, announced the launch of the Boston Design Academy (BDA), a city-sponsored pilot designed to prepare Boston youth for careers in Boston’s growing design economy. The programs began earlier this summer and will publicly launch at the Boston Public Library on Thursday, August 9.
“I’m excited to announce an initiative that will provide our future leaders, innovators, and engineers with the tools to explore and create through STEAM learning,” said Mayor Walsh. “Our students are familiarizing themselves with the most advanced technology available, and with the help of many of our committed partners, students will be prepared to enter the workforce with the experience and skills needed to succeed.”
Developed in collaboration with TSN as a lead partner, its affiliate Mbadika, and with the engagement of area industry leaders such as Microsoft, MassRobotics and Autodesk, Inc., the Boston Design Academy is an immersive six-week summer program for 25 students from TechBoston Academy. Over the course of the six weeks, BDA students will focus on product design and development while exploring STEAM-science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics-subject matter. Design experts from a variety of professions work with students and provide feedback on their designs.