Middle school students bring a modular classroom to life

September 23, 2019 |

“It’s really cool to see this built…and real!”

The excitement and pride was palpable as students, teachers, and parents gathered on a sunny morning in June. Behind them, brightly colored ribbons – awaiting the ceremonial cutting – surrounded a geometric wooden structure adjacent to the playground. They had come to celebrate the culmination of a year-long middle school architecture elective, during which students sought to answer the question: how can we embody the spirit of Acera in a structure?

Mentored by architecture teacher Esteé Hill and woodshop teacher Marie Delaney, the kids actively engaged in teams on design, prototyping, permitting, and construction. Reflecting the real world of building design and creation, the project included a trip to meet and present plans to Winchester Building Commissioner John Wile and construction.

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