Sonoran Science Academy KIDSTRUCTION Builds Success | Families
Originally submitted by Sonoran Science Academy:
One hundred and eight middle school teams filled Park Place Mall last weekend, as they competed in the annual Kidstruction Competition, sponsored by the Southern Arizona Chapter of the Society of Design Administration and American Institute of Architecture. The goal of the competition is to design and build an architectural structure using only toothpicks, business cards, and glue. This year’s theme, “Shifting Gears: a Futuristic Look at Architecture”, allowed teams to choose from four categories: Park Place Shopping Mall, Transit Center of the Future, Family House of the Future or a Future Entertainment Center.
Sonoran Science Academy’s eighth grade team, “Green Machine”, designed a transit center complete with a monorail electric train, electric buses, and energy efficient helicopter. Their idea was to eliminate the use of fossil fuels and run all vehicles on solar powered electric engines. The building features domes with a helicopter landing pad and rechargers for the buses built into the bus garages. Team members are Kelynn Campbell, Hisham Alhindawi, Ruben Ornelas, Javier Ramirez, Colin Lorka, and Angelica Gonzalez.
The seventh grade team, “Future Techs”, constructed a shopping mall with modern features, such as a solar windows and roof, and contemporary geometric design elements giving it a futuristic look, enhanced by the large revolving food court on the roof and electric cars and parking shelters! Team members are Erika Kirkpatrick, Paul Morabito, Alexis Leon-Guerrero, Paola Rodriguez, Aberah Qureshi and Sarah Quaraishy.
“This was an exciting problem solving project in which new ideas were developed daily. The students worked during their lunch and study tables along with their after school construction sessions. They thoroughly enjoyed the challenge,” commented art teacher, Paula Hanson who supervised the two teams. “It’s wonderful that our students have the opportunity to take art as part of the standard curriculum. Today, students are so afraid to step out of the box, for fear of making a mistake. Art builds confidence and empowers risk-taking, and we appreciate competitions like Kidstruction that foster creativity and innovation.
The winning structures are currently displayed at Park Place Mall as part of National AIA Architecture Week, September 28-October 6.
For more on the Sonoran Science Academy please visit www.sonoranschools.org.