This year, students in Mr. Brucker’s drafting classes had an opportunity to be involved in “Project Bauhow”. At the end of the year, the plan was to submit a project that they had worked on in architectural design during the year. Their project was submitted in the hope that they may win a full scholarship to North Carolina State University’s Design Camp this summer July 13-17. Jacob Dillingham, a student enrolled at Discovery High School, also takes courses at Newton-Conover High School and Drafting was one of those courses. His work was good enough to be chosen as one of those winners.
Congratulations to Jacob!
More information on Project Bauhow:
On Thursday, September 23, 2014, students in Steve Brucker’s drafting class at Newton Conover High School in Newton, NC, who did not have access to computers at home received free desktop computers loaded with Computer Aided Design (CAD) software thanks to “Project BauHow,” a new educational initiative from North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH). NCMH is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, promoting, and archiving Modernist design across the state. George Smart, founder and director of NCMH, presented the computers to Brucker and his students.
Project BauHow (Bauhaus + Know How) is designed to inspire and accelerate learning in 9th and 10th grade high school drafting classes by increasing students’ access to computers, expanding the ability of drafting teachers to give homework, and encouraging and rewarding the study and creation of Modernist residential architecture. “North Carolina high school drafting teachers generally can’t give drafting homework because up to 60 percent of high school students in the state don’t have a computer at home or one powerful enough to handle CAD software,” says Smart, who created the project. “That means skills practice in drafting classes can only progress during class time, severely limiting student learning through meaningful homework assignments and additional skill-building.”
In return for the donation, Brucker and other drafting teachers agreed to require their students to design Modernist houses then submit those designs to the Student Category of NCMH’s annual George Matsumoto Prize, a competition recognizing excellence in Modernist residential design.
For more details on Project BauHow, including photos and videos about the project, go to http://www.ncmodernist.org/bauhow.htm
Link to the Winners page: Bauhow Winners 2014-15
Link to Design Camp information: Design Camp