Hi! My name is Anais, and I’m in the engineering pathway at the Ann Richard School for young women leaders. If you have been up to date with our latest blogs, you might already know what this post is going to be about. For those who don’t, I’ll explain. Every year the 10th grade engineering class undergoes a really big project (Project Ventura) in which, when all’s said and done we present to engineers who critique, judge, and give us feedback on how we did.
Now, we are pretty early in the project and are still in the process of designing, therefore I will share with you what my partner Maddy and I have in mind for this project.
First off, there is a lot of freedom in how things can play out. We have had an assortment of ideas, some of which are what our whole engineering team is for. As for Maddy and I, we have created a sketch, using Sketch Up, of the courtyard that we as a pair and the other pairs of the engineering class are designing. Through sketchup we have designed the very empty courtyard to a more modern and relaxing space for our current and incoming juniors and seniors to lounge. In the sketch up we have added seating and tables, stone path walkways, and hommocks. More ideas still remain that we haven’t added such as the more artistic aesthetics such as a mural where we are in the process of contacting a local artist in Austin! Another idea being fairy gardens. Don’t know what fairy gardens are? I didn’t either until recently. Fairy gardens are small gardens that are made of things like twigs, leaves, aluminum cans, anything! And though they can be made of such simple nothings, it gets creativity to come out and they can become very elaborate and beautiful! Such as the fairy garden picture cited from earthporm.com.
The idea of fairy gardens has more to it however, the engineering team has decided that we want to branch out to our little sisters in the 7th grade, as the sophomores did with us when we were in the 7th grade. With this idea in mind, we presented our proposition to the 7th grade art classes and their teachers who we hope to be our collaborators in the makings of the fairy gardens.
So as you can see, we have our work cut out for us. And to be honest, it’s a little nerve wracking but at the same time we are all excited to see what comes of this project.