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The Making of the Modern Teen

School: High Tech High Media Arts

City/State: San Diego, CA

Grade(s): 12

Format(s): Visual & Narrative Arts

Project Overview

On Tuesday, May 10th, 2016, the graduating seniors of High Tech High Media Arts presented a compelling and provocative interactive art exhibition on the current state of social, cultural, technological and ideological constructs emerging in today’s modern teenagers . Fifty students presented short talks and interactive art experiences on topics ranging from bullying, depression, education, media addiction, feminism, sports injuries, the judicial system and many more contemporary issues. All of these projects were uniquely authentic as the sources of inspiration came directly from the teenagers living these realities every day. Through their rigorous research, personal experiences, artistic renderings and computer programming design, these 50 teenagers provoked their peers and adults to reconsider their notions of the challenges, habits, practices, and rich cultural experiences that impact the leaders of tomorrow today.

This curriculum and exhibition were facilitated as an interdisciplinary project through an English class and an Art and Technology class. The work received press write-ups in US News and World Report and The Voice of San Diego.

How This Project Can Be Useful

  • Features topics that teenagers will find both interesting and inspiring
  • Excellent example of how technology can be used to illuminate issues of concern
  • Strong example of an interdisciplinary project
  • Shows an outstanding level of sophistication presented with both simple and complex models

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