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Programs at the Discovery Center bring people and organizations together around global and local issues, ideas and personal stories to highlight opportunities to take action.
Programs & Events
Virtual Youth Summer Workshop: Art & Activism
Monday –Thursday, July 12 –15 | 10:30 am – 12 pm
This workshop is for youth entering grades 10 – 12. Learn how to channel art for activism! Join Seattle ‘artivists’ (artist + activists) from our virtual exhibit, "Through Positive Eyes: My Photo, My HIV Story" as they share their experiences of living with HIV, and how they’re dismantling stigma through photography and storytelling. This session concludes with a discussion with the Director from the Center for Art and Global Health at UCLA.
This workshop is for youth entering grades 7 – 9. Can we use design to create objects and systems that will make our lives easier? With a focus on inclusion and accessibility, this workshop allows youth to do just that. You’ll also get to collaborate with teammates in a Design Challenge to display your skills. Who knows, maybe it could change the world!
Virtual Youth Summer Workshop: COVID-19 Time Capsule
Monday –Thursday, July 19 –22 | 1 pm – 2:30 pm
This workshop is open to youth entering grades 7 – 9. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to create a time capsule – a folder or box of memories and keepsakes meant to capture what life was like at a certain moment in time? Join us as we engage in a number of fun, interactive and creative activities and curate our own pandemic time capsules. We’ll share playlists, create blockbuster pandemic movie plots, rate our personal pandemic highs and lows and share some tips with each other on how we made it through this most challenging year. We’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions of Gates Foundation staff working to end the pandemic worldwide. Each participant will walk away with a digital scrapbook or folder, meant to be “dug up” and re-read some time in the distant future, offering opportunities for further reflection.
Virtual Youth Summer Workshop: What to do with all that Poo?
Monday –Thursday, July 26 –29 | 10 am – 12:30 pm
This workshop is open to youth entering grades 7 – 9. Everybody poops, but where does it go? This workshop explores how people across the world are creatively solving the crucial question of sanitation – and what we can do locally to help. Examine connections between sanitation and related issues like health, gender, education, and equity.
This workshop is open to youth entering grades 10 – 12. Everyone needs nutritious food, but not everyone has equal access to it. In this workshop, we’ll explore how social and economic power structures play a role in it. We’ll also discover foods from around the world and critically examine global and U.S. food systems. Thanks to our guest speakers working in agriculture, you’ll learn to cook with new ingredients and walk away with skills to grow your own garden too!