Design-Build “Exploration”

Our final project was the Exploris sign!

Our final project was the Exploris sign! Wood, concrete and steel.

This spring I taught a design-build short course, called an “Exploration”, at Exploris Elementary for 4th and 5th graders. We learned the basics of working with wood, steel, and concrete, how to make scale models, and then build full-scale. Because we were limited to 6 classes at 2 hours each we had to get a lot of work done and work at a manageable scale. For our final project we made “sign art” for the elementary school. The sign used all the materials we had experience with and gave the students an opportunity to create something meaningful for their school.

Preliminary bird shelter project, where we focused on wood and steel

Preliminary bird shelter project, where we focused on wood and steel

Special thanks to Christian Krakow, Dylan Bounfrisco, and Ann Whitehurst for assisting with the class and to Alphin Design Build and H&H Kirkpatrick Hauling for donating the scrap materials.

Students nailing the wall together

Students nailing a wall together

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