Chartiers Valley High School and Middle School project architect from IKM, Matthew Hansen, visited with two Intermediate School classrooms. Mr. Quinn’s third graders and Mrs. Kern’s fifth graders viewed a powerpoint presentation with respect to all phases of the architectural process. Highlighted were the initial conceptualization of ideas, visualization of engineering drawings, execution of the plan by the construction teams, revisions and adjustments, to full implementation and completion of the building designs, finally to occupancy by the student, faculty, and administrators.
Mr. Hansen’s presentation focused on how student work in mathematics, language arts, and the sciences at the Intermediate School and beyond plays an important role in long-term development of outstanding communication skills in post-academic environments. Collaboration with individuals and teams of professional and the general public was accentuated as one of the most important elements bringing a project together.
During the presentation, Mr. Quinn and Mrs. Kern punctuated the value of our partner and small group work at the Intermediate School. Mr. Hansen cited numerous meetings with clients, engineers, district administration, public entities, and construction crews noting how positive collaboration empowered the project to move forward successfully for the benefit of our students’ learning environment.
The Middle School and High School presentation included slides illustrating engineered floor plans and topographical plans followed by a view of the actual project. Students benefited by seeing how the conceptual drawings gradually evolved into three-dimensional forms. Mr. Hansen cited how the project had developed from the ground up, with adjustments through the collaborative process, to meet the needs of the educational vision. Students learned about computer modeling as a valuable tool for all phases of the construction process, including geological studies prior to breaking ground, structural steel components, electrical systems, plumbing faculties, and aesthetics of the final interior design.
“We were fortunate to have Mr. Hansen visit with our students,” said Mr. Quinn. “His presentation was enriching, featuring the work we do here and how it translates to future occupations such as becoming an architect.”
In Mr. Hansen’s own words as he opened the presentation, his heart-warming story about how his first-grade teacher saw a drawing he made in class and commented that he should be an architect was the inspiration that made him what he is today. Afterward, many students commented that they wanted to become an architect like Mr. Hansen. He has inspired our young students just like his first-grade teacher inspired him.
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