ERIC Number: ED396975
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Design in the Classroom: Exploring the Built Environment.
Maine Arts Commission, Augusta.
Design and the built environment are subjects of concern to Maine communities. State mandated town planning, new school construction, and the Department of Transportation plans to rebuild roads and bridges elicit public discussion. The study of design encourages elementary students to enter this public forum as informed citizens. The study of design in the built environment requires use of mathematics, scientific, reasoning, visual, spatial, and verbal skills, and provides opportunities for interdisciplinary learning. This sampler describes four projects resulting from a 1992 Design Education grant intended to promote design awareness in the public schools. The projects took place over the course of a year and involved collaboration among community architects, planners, engineers, and the school. Each project presented includes a description of the school/community culture, the framework or plan for the entire course of design study, and a sample lesson. Projects represented include: (1) "Marada Adams Community School Playground: A School and Community Design Project, 1992-1993"; (2) "Hiram Elementary School Bridge Project"; (3) "Young Designers: Dresden Elementary School"; and (4) "Bowdoin Central School Students: Design A New School." Each project concludes with a bibliography. (MM)
Descriptors: Architectural Education, Architecture, Art Activities, Art Education, Building Design, Building Plans, Built Environment, Community Cooperation, Design, Design Requirements, Elementary Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, School Community Relationship, Site Development, Structural Elements (Construction), Visual Environment
Maine Arts Commission, State House Station #25, Augusta, ME 04333.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Maine Arts Commission, Augusta.
Identifiers: Bridge Design; Maine; Playground Design