Hello all! Annika again.
This week in The Principles of Engineering class has been very eventful. As Maddy S. mentioned, each pair of partners completed their ‘living Pinterest boards’ and Sketch Up designs of what they would like the courtyard to look like. You can read Maddy’s blog post here. My partner Julie and I had fun designing the Sketch Up and finding various photos of benches, picnic tables, and pergolas on Pinterest to potentially include. I found looking at photos on Pinterest enjoyable, helpful, and inspiring! Simply looking at so many different designs made me want to get started on the builds!
On our final Sketch Up design Julie and I decided against including the giant chess board that I mentioned in my previous post. Instead, we are thinking of putting in a ping pong table where the board was to go. We believe the ping pong table will provide students with a fun game to play during a study break or just for fun during lunch. It’s also a game a bit out of the ordinary—what other high schools do you know that have one? We are concerned, however, where we will store the ping pong balls and paddle. Most likely we can store them in the Airstream or put into a drawer we can attach to the bottom of the table.
After each group presented their “living Pinterest boards” Maddy and I talked about our favorite elements from each design and how we should take certain elements from each board and incorporate them into the final layout we choose. While each group presented, my peers and I filled out a design matrix we came up with during the previous class period. Our initial list was pretty extensive;
One of my favorite ideas was one that Yvette Castro and Carmen Whitten came up with, which is to display student work in the courtyard by laying art pieces under a sheet of glasses that will to go on the picnic benches. This way, students can enjoy their classmates’ artwork while eating lunch, studying, or during free period without having to worry about dirtying the works! I also really like the idea to cover the ground in gravel and stone in order to reduce water costs while improving the aesthetic of the courtyard.
Hopefully my classmates and I can decide on a design and get to modifying it soon—I want to get building! I look forward to coming to school on the weekend (bet you’ve never heard a teen say that before!) to work on the construction process.