June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
P-12 Outreach – Exploring a School of Architecture’s Efforts to Engage the Early Education Community
It all comes back to that age old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” The answers run the gamut but usually contain, “Architect!” However, architecture schools find themselves struggling with enrollment and retention as much as any other field. To combat this problem, the School of Architecture at developed a variety of outreach programs targeting elementary through high school age students and focus on a variety of architectural topics including: architecture, architectural engineering, landscape architecture, and construction management. These programs provide practical application on various levels and spark interest within the profession. The school participates in three outreach programs geared toward elementary and/or middle school students and two programs offered to high school students with interest in architecture or architectural engineering. These programs are ongoing in some capacity and have been offered for various amounts of time since the early 2000’s. This paper will be two-part. The first will highlight each of the community outreach programs the school offers. The second part will summarize a survey of the school’s current students. The survey will cover the student’s exposure to any of the programs that the school has offered and any impact on their career choice. It will also poll the students on any P-12 exposure to architecture they may have experienced.
Ramming, C. H., & O'Hara, S. E. (2017, June), P-12 Outreach - Exploring a School of Architecture's Efforts to Engage the Early Education Community Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28730
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