Monday, August 9, 2010

Renaissance Kids Construct Bench, Archway for Curious Kids Discovery Zone

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The Curious Kid’s Discovery Zone construction project is nearing completion for the final session of Renaissance Kids, an architecture day camp offered by the Andrews University School of Architecture. This final session was for students ages 12–14 and lasted two weeks. During this time, they designed and constructed an archway and bench project for the Curious Kids Discovery Zone in St. Joseph, Mich.

Jim Hippler of Exquisite Homes and Tom Lowing, associate professor of architecture at Andrews University, volunteered their time to help guide the students’ project. Hippler’s crew will work on the final touches. The students will be invited to return once the archway and benches are complete to install decorative ceramic pieces around a whisper dish, a device used to reflect and sometimes focus sound waves. The ceramic pieces were made by students in Sessions 1–4 of Renaissance Kids. The grand-opening for the new area will be held in late September.

Each summer, Renaissance Kids Architecture Day Camp offers kids a chance to experience hands-on fun with design, drafting, building, sketching, watercolors and more. While exploring the discipline and lessons of architecture, Renaissance Kids provides a fun array of projects through which children learn about history and culture, design concepts, the architect’s tools, construction and materials, community and citizenship. Various sessions are offered during the months of June, July and August for children ages 6–14.

The curriculum at the Andrews University School of Architecture is centered on principles which promote craft, civil communities, service and Christian values.



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