ORIGINAL KIDS LAB
A collaboration between Original Kids and The Inventors
Original Kids combines the fields of neuroscience, psychology, mindfulness and the arts to develop fun and creative educational programs that help kids develop self-awareness, social emotional skills and a positive mindset.
During one week kids will collaborate with local artists across a range of activities that include arts and crafts, music and movement to explore their original potential, while learning creative mindfulness tools that nurture their mental well-being.
The lab is bilingual, with classes in Portuguese and English. The lab size limited, sign up now to guarantee a spot!
Note: our programming may be subject to changes.
Social Emotional Learning
Kids will participate in activities and games that support the development of self-awareness and a deeper understanding about their thoughts and emotions. The creative projects will help kids manage their feelings and understand the feelings of others, nurturing positive relational skills and non-violent communication.
What is my skill set and how can I use it to make the world a better place? How can I help others and the planet? Our activities help kids think about the importance of sustainability and how they can living consciously, thinking about ways to protected the planet and its species. Kids will explore how their interests and capabilities can benefit the future of our planet.
Born in Brazil in 2012 and currently grounding in New York, Original Kids is a community of creatives: inspiring artists, scientists, and changemakers on a mission to transform education. We design interactive learning experiences for children, families and educators to develop self-awareness, improve mental wellbeing and nurture a positive mindset through the arts, creativity and play.
Our events, tools and programs combine the best theories and practices across the fields of psychology, interdisciplinary arts, neuroscience and mindfulness. We make them simple and playful to learn. Our purpose is to support youth, guardians and educators to express their original potential, develop “critical feeling skills”, live consciously, and feel connected with themselves and the world around them.
Original Kids is also currently organizing afterschool programs in New York, working with teachers to enrich their curriculum and hosting workshops for families. Original Kids was the winner of a Social Impact Entrepreneurship award at Parsons, New School in New York and a finalist at the EdTech Innovation competition at Teachers College, Columbia University. Some of our past projects include:
- Kolab, Inovação Social, Brazil
- Oficinas Criativas at Escola Sarapiquá, Brazil
- Arts & Sounds in the City, Brazil
- Curriculum enrichment at Blue School, New York, USA
- Afterschool programming at Teachers College Community School, Harlem, New York, USA
- Afterschool kids workshops at The Assemblage, New York, USA
- Kids space and workshops for families at Aniwa Festival
- Speaker at Mental Jam, Lisboa, Portugal
Alice Cardoso is a Neuroscientist for Education, with a Masters degree from Columbia University and a background in Psychology. Her work is centered around creating bridges between neuroscience research and educational practices. Her research focuses on the importance of early childhood experiences in shaping long-term mental and physical wellbeing, as well as the impact of mindfulness practices on the brain’s development and functioning. She has written a report for the United Nations, is a curriculum specialist for the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, and has years of experience working with children in New York, Portugal, London, India, and Nepal.
Isis Reich is an educator, multidisciplinary artist and a creative guide. She founded Original Kids in Brazil, and has since then worked with kids and adults to help them develop social emotional skills and express their creativity, learning how to use their unique gifts to contribute to the world. With a Master degree in Transdisciplinary design from Parsons and a background in Architecture and Urban Design, for 7 years she worked as a creative director designing brands, spaces, products, and services. After working at the Innovation facility at the UN redesigning systems to solve global challenges, she realized that in order to truly make an impact, we must first redesign our belief systems. As an educator, her research combines the lenses of arts, psychology, sciences, and spirituality to create learning experiences that help people unleash their original potential.