We’re Doing a Project? -Miranda Toy, Bel Floratine Custom Designs

Hello! My name is Miranda and I am a part of Bel Floratine Custom Designs along with my partners, Meredith and Ally. Our company’s name originated from all of our middle names; Mabel, Flora, and Christine. The custom design part is there just to add a little fancy flare. My design team is amazing! I’ve been friends with Ally and Meredith since 6th grade and I already know that we will work super well together.

But, how did I end up here, amongst Ally and Meredith in Bel Floratine Custom Designs? Lets start from the beginning, I have attended the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders since 6th grade. I had always been aware of the different pathways offered but I honestly had no idea which one I was going to choose until my 8th grade year. There was a day where 8th graders were given the chance to go to stations regarding each pathway and do different activities relating to each separate class. This was supposed to give us an idea of what each pathway was like. I already knew that I did not want to be a part of the biomedical field since I do not enjoy dissecting animals, nor do I prefer to see blood. It makes me super squeamish and I hate it with a burning passion. That left two pathways to choose from: engineering or media tech. The media tech pathway had a super fun activity and I enjoyed it a lot, but when it came down to choosing which one to dedicate myself to for the next 4 years, I realized that I preferred engineering. My gut was telling me to choose it and I haven’t regretted it….yet.

Gus, Erf, Meredith, and Maya inside the Airstream.

Gus, Erf, Meredith, and Maya inside the Airstream.

Honestly there are so many different fields of engineering, but I think the one I’m most interested is industrial engineering. Last year in IED (Introduction to Engineering Design) we visited an industrial engineering design firm and their jobs sounded really cool. All around the office there were different inventions made by them, which was really inspiring!

I am really excited about the interior design aspect of project VENTURA. I love decorating rooms, so much so that for awhile I actually really wanted to be an interior designer. This aspect of the project is most likely a lot of people’s favorite part. I’m also excited to interview our teachers about what they want in the common area. It is kind of a weird thing to be excited about, but I feel like it’ll be a lot of fun to hear each of their opinions.

This is currently what the inside of the Airstream looks like. It was gutted so it's not at its best.

This is currently what the inside of the Airstream looks like. It was gutted so it’s not at its best.

What am I most worried about for this project? Haha. What am I not worried about for this project? That’s the real question. All of the upperclassmen say that this project is really hard and last year they seemed to struggle quite a bit, which makes me nervous. I guess I’m most worried about completing everything on time. The first major aspect is due in January and it’s what we’re presenting to a professional panel of judges–eep.

I think that an Airstream is the perfect engineering design for this project. First of all, it’s eco-friendly, very well-built, and has an appealing look. Also, the Airstream we have is about 27ft in length so it can there’s plenty of room for furniture and people.

Here is our wonderful Airstream that will be transformed into a commons area!

Here is our wonderful Airstream that will be transformed into a commons area!

Before this project I had never heard of an Airstream trailer, though I had seen them around town, mostly used as food trailers. I was unaware of how well-made they really are. Learning about the history of the Airstream made me realize that they’re more than just a trailer, they’re a peice of real innovative and artisan design! The underlying purpose of the Airstream is to be able to travel the world while still enjoying the comfort of home the whole time. I just feel like the whole idea behind Airstream trailers is very authentic and meaningful.

You guys have the pleasure of reading about our journey to completing this project. There will be a lot of sweat, tears, and blood, but in the end it’ll all be worth it.


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