Hello, fellow bloggers, it’s Maddy a current sophomore at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders and member of the Engineering Pathway. Over the course of these next few months, my classmates and I will be completing our Cornerstone Project which allows us to graduate on the Distinguished Achievement Plan and also determines the fate of our lettermen jackets (depending on our overall grade on the project) so, the pressure is definitely on!
A little bit about the project; we are to design and create a multi-use educational and social courtyard, to serve as junior/senior courtyard, to serve as a place to display student work for tours and to serve as a self-guided educational tour. For those of you are new to our blog, you may be unfamiliar with the area we are revamping and adding onto. It is around the previously renovated (the current seniors Cornerstone project) 1977 airstream trailer in the back/side of our school. Some additional requirements include; constructing a cover for the airstream to protect it from the weather, provide seating and tables, incorporate a life-size chessboard that could be dually used as a place to do yoga, and incorporate an educational area for students to collaborate and study.
This project was just recently assigned so we are in the wee stages of brainstorming. Currently, my partner Anais and I are working on a model of the area in SketchUp, brainstorming how to incorporate the requirements while still keeping it unique and innovative, measuring the area to make sure our online model is accurate and researching materials and ideas. One idea that I have for the educational area is to design and implement an arrangement of tall, sleek, weatherproof tables that have electricity outlets powered by solar panels on the top surface of the tables with barstool like seating. Through researching this idea, I found a relative example of my idea while browsing results for modern and innovative tables. This way, students would be able to power their devices and work collaboratively while absorbing essential vitamin D. Sounds like a win-win situation until it is 100 degrees outside… I would also have to come up with a way to protect the outlets from the rain, though it is minimal in Austin, Texas. This could be as simple as a waterproof plastic flip up cover or may be more extensive, something I still need to research. As Anais and I continue to brainstorm and reason we will create a “living Pinterest board” to show our classmates and administration our ideas and plans, as will the other partner pairs in my class. Then we will decide on the winning design and hit the ground rolling!
I better get back to brainstorming and researching. Thanks for tuning in, I’m out!
Feature Image courtesy of KLRU