BUFFALO, N.Y. -- On Friday, Dec. 16, members of the media are
invited to view two in-school projects conducted this semester
through the 10-year-old Buffalo Architecture Foundation's
Architecture + Education program.
The program teams graduate students from the University at
Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, working architects and
elementary school teachers, who together conduct 10-week
architectural projects in the Buffalo public schools.
The program teaches students about the kind of work architects
do and how they work collaboratively to accomplish projects, as
well as the way architects think and the kind of training and
education they need. Students also work on one or more
architectural projects in the classroom.
Details on all the fall, 2011 projects can be found at http://www.buffaloarchitecture.org/news/77/Nov/27/2011/Architecture+Education_%20November_2011_Newsletter.
The media is invited to see two of the school projects. The
students' parents have all signed film/photo clearances.
-- 8:30-10 a.m.: First and third grade students at the Buffalo
Public Schools' Discovery School, 911 Abbott Rd., Buffalo: "Sun
Shades" and other projects. The students are creating architectural
sun shades for windows using patterned blocks. Their first
solutions blocked the light instead of shading it. They then
decided to use 3D shapes to shade light coming in through window
frames and solve the problem.
Members of the media are asked to enter the school through the
back door off the parking lot and press the buzzer to be admitted.
They then should report to the main office.
The students worked on this project with teachers Stephanie Hall
and Kristen Gabriel.
-- 2 p.m.: Project by fifth grade students at the Buffalo Public
Schools' Community School 53, 425 South Park Ave., Buffalo:
"Building Bridges." Students learned and then applied architectural
principles as well as math and science skills to the design,
construction and stability testing of 15 bridges, including a large
bridge, developed and constructed by the entire class.
Press should go to the school's front door near parking lot,
ring the buzzer and sign in at the main office. You will be
directed to Classroom 13M.
The school's fifth graders have been working with teacher Robert
Hunter, UB architecture student Justina Zifchock (ZIF-chock).