Russell Rudzinski, professor of architecture at the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas, recently introduced eighth and ninth grade students at McGehee to the key ways science, technology, engineering, art and math are aligned to an architectural career.
The class, hosted by the Alex Foundation, was part of the Alex Foundation’s STE+AM Initiative.
In its seventh year, STE+AM offers an opportunity to directly immerse students in higher order thinking as strategic designers of the built environment. It is intended to also raise awareness among students and educators on the interdisciplinary connections that link technical and creative skills with architecture, students were guided through understanding the applications of basic concepts of necessity, proportions, scale, physics and aesthetics in the design process.
This is the second year Rudzinski has taught at McGehee High School. The Alex Foundation hosted a reception for Rudzinski at the Delta Country Club.
Established in 2010, the Alex Foundation, a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit organization mission is to engage, engender and enlighten students to become exposed to college, careers and entrepreneurial opportunities in architecture, design and the built environment. The Foundation’s efforts are collaborated through a multiple intelligence approach that includes cooperative learning, experiential learning, project-based learning and multidisciplinary learning. For more information, visit alex-foundation.org.