In an age when kids engage with touch screen technology before they’re even walking, one Brooklyn, New York, afterschool and summer program is attempting to buck the trend.
“Our motto is ‘old school tools for new-school learning,’” said Deb Winsor, woodworker and founder of ConstructionKids. “We ask that parents don't send their children with electronic devices. The kids don't seem to miss them. The minute they walk in, they're busy. They're engaged.”
“I’m not having any problems,” said 8-year-old Maya Graves, who is legally blind.
Children ages 2-12 participate in classes year-round by making, breaking, and fixing everyday objects. NBC’s Rehema Ellis visited the workshop during skateboard week. With adult supervision and instruction, kids built their very own skateboards, from painting the wooden board to attaching their multi colored wheels with power tools.
ConstructionKids has taught almost 15,000 children that with some wood, a hammer and nails, anything is possible.