Architecture Barbie - Propel Schools
March 30, 2017 - 9am - 2:30pm - The Kingsley Association
In 2011, as a part of the “Barbie I Can Be” series, Mattel released the “Architect Barbie” in an effort to inspire girls to consider the profession of architecture as a career choice. This was a befitting solution by Mattel to the diversity epidemic in the profession of architecture, a profession of which women comprise roughly 18% of the profession. The Barbie includes a link to an online program that allows for girls to build Barbie’s Dream House.
Given the alarming disproportion of women professionals in the profession of architecture, it is crucial that girls are exposed to the profession as a viable career choice at an early age. This Architecture Barbie Workshop seeks to, in one school day, expose fourth grade girls to architecture through a day of creative design exercises. Girls will be tasked to design and model Barbie’s Dream House, using arts and crafts materials and architectural drawing conventions.
WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!!
If you are interested in volunteering, fill out the form below! The event will be held at The Kingsley Association, located at 6435 Frankstown Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206.
#STREAMstation - L.A. Kids
The Larimer Consensus Group, Pittsburgh, PA - June - October, 2016
Located on the USX Plaza at Grant St. and Sixth Ave. in downtown, Pittsburgh, PA, the students of LA Kids (Land + Art + Kids) have designed, constructed, and installed a spaceship that is a solar-powered USB cellular phone charging station! This effort was a partnership between the Larimer Consensus Group, Drafting Dreams, Carter & Associates (a Pittsburgh-based, woman-owned construction firm), and The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP). PDP funded this endeavor.
The Architecture of Life - A Summer Experience
The L.I.F.E. Male S.T.E.A.M. Academy, Pittsburgh, PA - June 28 - July 28, 2016
The Living Intelligently Fulfilling Expectations (LIFE) Male Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) Academy was founded and incorporated in March of 2015 by Dr. Darryl T. Canady and Taleeta Canady, M. Ed. The Mission of the academy is to educate boys K-12 using an integrated, project-based science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics curriculum, emphasizing core values that facilitate the social, economic, and intellectual development of boys. In its early stages, LIFE Male STEAM Academy is in the process of building partnerships and establishing its STEAM Curriculum. This curriculum is objectified to: evaluate student success beyond higher standardized test scores; and use technology to support creativity, critical thinking, collaborative problem solving, and personalized learning.
With funding from the Sprout Fund through their Remake Learning Initiative, The L.I.F.E. Male S.T.E.A.M. Academy partnered with Drafting Dreams to host The Architecture of Life - A Summer Experience. The Architecture of Life - Summer Experience was a summer enrichment initiative for young men that taught principles of architecture and urban design through STEAM principles and career exploration. Young men visited the Homewood Branch of the Carnegie Library to explore careers they were interested in and propose designs for the work environments of their selected profession.
Initial Program Video
Culmination Ceremony Video
Kingsley STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Agriculture, Mathematics) Bootcamp!
April 9 - June 16, 2016
Drafting Dreams has partnered with The Kingsley Association to implement their STREAM Bootcamp, an accelerated version of their STREAM Program (see below) for High School Students.
YouthPlaces - Moorish Culture Architecture - Re-imagining Casa Blanca, Morocco
March 8 through May 18, 2016
YouthPlaces of Pittsburgh, PA, a non-profit organization with a strong history in reaching, mentoring, and educating Pittsburgh's under-served youth, has partnered with Drafting Dreams to create and implement a STEAM Curriculum for its 17 sites!
YouthPlaces has a successful history of reaching the unreached, and working with teens that are at-risk and underserved, improving their opportunities for a successful transition to the next phase of life. YouthPlaces will ensure that underserved, high risk youth ages 12-18 engage in quality after school programs within their own neighborhoods that are shaped by the community and youth leaders in order to develop the skills of youth and increase their opportunity for success, is the foundation for the programs and services that we offer to youth.
Visit their website at: http://youthplaces.org/
CHECK OUT SOME OF THE AWESOME WORK THAT YOUTHPLACES STUDENTS HAVE CREATED!
Our Founder, Christian J. Hughes, NOMA, Associate AIA A Storyteller for the Green Building Alliance of Western Pennsylvania's Inspire Speaker Series - February 11, 2016
Our Founder, Christian J. Hughes, NOMA, Associate AIA, was invited to tell his personal story behind his work in "Creating a Sustainable, Vibrant, Healthy and Just Region" in Pittsburgh, PA on February 11, 2016. His story's theme was, "It's Good to be Good to People" - an account of how in his tough times, the people to whom he had been genuinely kind were his strongest allies.
Kingsley STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Agriculture, Mathematics)
February 3rd, 10th, 24th, & March 2nd, 2016, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Drafting Dreams' Debut Event with The Kingsley Association 6435 Frankstown Rd., Pittsburgh, PA (Larimer).
Scholars learn principles of architecture through: the assembly of Lego Architecture Set, Villa Savoye; learning architectural scaling, the mathematics behind designing to scale, and drafting techniques; architectural model-making; and BIM (Building Information Modeling) through the use of Autodesk Revit architecture software.