Students spend summer redesigning hospitals with non-profit Publicolor

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A non-profit in Clinton Hill is helping students beat the summer brain drain.

Students are putting their summer to good use by helping redesign hospitals thanks to the Summer Design Studio Program, organized by Publicolor and held at Pratt Institute.

Students collaborate to solve complex issues by using 3-D design. This summer’s theme is reimagining the hospital experience.  Everything from redesigning the bathroom, waiting room and play space.

"I feel like Publicolor just makes you more open minded about certain things. It helps you get a better understanding of things," says Janyah Jordon Mercado, of the Summer Design Studio Program.

The non-profit organization says research shows that low-income students who don't have access to organized activities lose about two months of grade equivalency over the summer. 

"The students who work with us meet a criterion. Most of them are either failing math or literacy, but we believe in project-based learning, we believe that immersing students in Publicolor summer will help to engage their math and literacy skills," says Natasha Seng, of the Summer Design Studio Program.

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