Architects in Schools Inspire Elementary Students to Design the Future

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Annual Architecture Foundation of Oregon exhibits showcase kids’ creativity. Reception May 2, 5-8pm at 360 SW Bond, Fifth Floor, Bend.

A colorful model city showing Bend in the future; creative homes designed for animal “clients” with special needs and, bright, intricate marble runs that show how great elementary school students are at engineering are just some of the fabulous projects developed by second through fifth graders in Architects in Schools.

The program is designed to develop an awareness of architectural elements and construction methods through classroom sessions, projects and field trips that enhance learning in language arts, social studies, math, science and other subjects.

 
Bend-LaPine area elementary school students will showcase projects developed over the past few months during time spent with architects learning about architecture.

This school year, classes from Amity Creek, Buckingham, Elk Meadow, Ensworth, Juniper Technology Magnet, LaPine and Ponderosa Elementary Schools participated in the Architects in Schools program. The architect and design professionals who worked in the classroom represent Ambient Architecture, BBT Architects, Blaise Cacciola Architect, BLRB Architects, Brandon Olin Architect, Neal Huston Architects, PECI and Stemach Design.  

The Architects in Schools program serves second through fifth grades and is administered by the Architecture Foundation of Oregon. Operating in the Portland area for more than 40 years, the program expanded to Central Oregon in 2007. Other areas that are served include Salem, Eugene, and Southern Oregon.

The program is designed to develop an awareness of architectural elements and construction methods through classroom sessions, projects and field trips that enhance learning in language arts, social studies, math, science and other subjects.  The content is guided by an architectural curriculum specially prepared to create understanding and appreciation of the built environment in which the students live, learn, and play. 

 
Students learn:

• That design is all around us and we make decisions every day that affect our environment

• How the subjects they study in school apply to the real world outside of school

• That there are many people who create the spaces in which we live, learn, work and play and some examples of their jobs, e.g., architects, landscape architects, structural engineers, contractors and urban planners

• Skills that help them to work better in groups, to communicate their ideas

• That designing and building spaces is a process not just a product

 
Architecture Foundation of Oregon Architects in Schools      

www.af-oregon.org/programs/architects-in-schools

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