STEM class builds Syrian refugee housing models

Students in art teacher Caroline Epp’s Industrial and STEM design class built model Syrian refugee homes during the architecture unit. This year, Epp’s class is not just industrial design, but the students will be working on html/css coding, data visualization, and user experience design as well.

Freshmen Evan Osterman and Marc Sears glue a side on to their refugee house. Before starting to actually build the structures, the students researched what materials would be a best least expensive fit for the houses. They also completed research questions about the Syrian crisis. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshmen Evan Osterman and Marc Sears glue a side on to their refugee house. Before starting to actually build the structures, the students researched what materials would be a best least expensive fit for the houses. They also completed research questions about the Syrian crisis. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Craig Carter and junior Alex Beckmann hot glue one of the final pieces onto the roof of their project. The students had to go through a test and evaluate process in which they focused on the strengths and weaknesses before being able to finish the project completely. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Craig Carter and junior Alex Beckmann hot glue one of the final pieces onto the roof of their project. The students had to go through a test and evaluate process in which they focused on the strengths and weaknesses before being able to finish the project completely. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The freshman team of Chris Brosch, Ames Sheriff, and James Riordan place their materials accordingly, following their design plan. This team used balsa wood, hot glue, and air dry clay. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The freshman team of Chris Brosch, Ames Sheriff, and James Riordan place their materials accordingly, following their design plan. This team used balsa wood, hot glue, and air dry clay. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Riordan opens up his account on Trello to review the design plans he made with his group. Trello, along with Sketch Up, are websites used to help format design plans and come up with blueprints to follow before making the actual product. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Riordan opens up his account on Trello to review the design plans he made with his group. Trello, along with Sketch Up, are websites used to help format design plans and come up with blueprints to follow before making the actual product. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Brendan Driscoll forms the air dry clay on the roof of his refugee home to his liking. Driscoll, like some other groups, opted to use the clay for the extra parts of his structure because it is not stable enough for the assembly of the whole building. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Brendan Driscoll forms the air dry clay on the roof of his refugee home to his liking. Driscoll, like some other groups, opted to use the clay for the extra parts of his structure because it is not stable enough for the assembly of the whole building. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Brosch glues a part onto the house while Sheriff rolls the air dry clay for a finishing touch. In the design process, the students were asked to split up the building tasks between each person on the team to make the fabrication go smoothly. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Brosch glues a part onto the house while Sheriff rolls the air dry clay for a finishing touch. In the design process, the students were asked to split up the building tasks between each person on the team to make the fabrication go smoothly. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
While building their refugee home, juniors Briant Bradley and Eddie Beauregard discuss the nest step in the construction process. Each team had to come up with multiple ideas and make thumbnail sketches in the deign process, but they could only chose one for the final project. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
While building their refugee home, juniors Briant Bradley and Eddie Beauregard discuss the nest step in the construction process. Each team had to come up with multiple ideas and make thumbnail sketches in the deign process, but they could only chose one for the final project. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

The refugee house made by sophomore Melanie Carter and junior Amanda Loebelenz was one of the first finished products in the class. Carter and Loebelenz added their own finishing touches to the assignment by making miniature bunk beds and a ladder while the other students finished up. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The refugee house made by sophomore Melanie Carter and junior Amanda Loebelenz was one of the first finished products in the class. Carter and Loebelenz added their own finishing touches to the assignment by making miniature bunk beds and a ladder while the other students finished up. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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