Students from Chicot and Desha counties recently attended the Alex Foundation’s architecture and design summer camps at the Lakeport Plantation and the J. Austin White Cultural Arts Center where they learned how drones are used in architecture, designed and built a balloon-powered race car, and built a model of the Lakeport Plantation.
Seventeen seventh grade girls from Chicot and Desha counties attended the camp at the Lakeport Plantation in Lake Village and 24 seventh and eighth grade girls and boys from Chicot County attended the camp at the J. Austin White Cultural Center (JAWCC) in Eudora.
Kwendeche, an architect and instructor at both camps, is pictured above with campers at the J. Austin White Cultural Arts Center. He explains how drones are used in architecture. They can be used to provide a detailed image of a site, accurate survey data, and real-time monitoring.
Except for their final project, the students at both camps were exposed to the same level of programming, instructions and engagement with architects, designers and engineers.
Katie Bruhl, a registered architect with Allison + Partners in Little Rock, and Dorcedar Glover, a senior operations manager with GE Aviation, were instructors at the Lakeport Plantation Camp.
Glover taught a class on engineering in which students designed and built a balloon-powered race car. On the first day of the program, the students focused on key physics concepts including energy, potential energy, kinetic energy, and Newton’s third law of motion. “Understanding these core principles of physics and the ability to apply these principles were imperative to understanding how a balloon powered car works,” said Glover.
The second day, the students were grouped into four teams and applied design engineering processes to build their cars. They drafted a design, built it, and tested it, then documented and discussed the results. Based on the results, the teams made changes to their design and repeated the process. “Design engineering is an iterative process that requires several trials in efforts to produce a quality product for the customer,” Glover said. “The young ladies did an outstanding job in learning and applying this process.”
The balloon-powered race car challenge was judged in four categories: performance, creativity, teamwork/presentation, and knowledge. Each team was required to create a team name, as the designer of the car, and a car name, to present to the judges. They were also required to give a five-minute presentation explaining their design process, problems they encountered, and how they overcame those challenges to produce the final product. Following their presentation, they were engaged in a question and answer session with the judges on the physics concepts that were associated with the balloon-powered car. After the session, the team started their engines (blew up their balloon) and demonstrated how far the car traveled.
The camps were made possible by the generosity of funders, sponsors, donors, partners and supporters.
The Arkansas Humanities Council, Black History Commission of Arkansas, Cabe Foundation, Entergy Arkansas, J.F. Wallace Foundation Trust, Frank D. Hickingbotham Foundation Trust, Mrs. Laurie Black, Rev. Darrion Buffington of Monticello, Retired Judge Don Glover, Mrs. Lisenne Rockefeller, Dr. Alonzo and Mrs. Susan Williams of Little Rock (Mrs. Williams is formerly of Dumas), and an anonymous funder.
Mr. and Mrs. David Moss of Moss Flying Service, Ms. Melinda French, Dr. Lillie Fears of Jonesboro, Architect Kwendeche, FAIA, W.L. Burle Engineers, P.A. of Greenville, Miss., and Halley Baptist Church
Ms. Dianne Curry of Little Rock
Mrs. Janis Kearney of Little Rock
Ms. Dorcedar Glover of Batesville, Mississippi
Roy Lee Contractors
Mrs. Sara Hardin
Mr. Lester Pinkus
Mark Spencer, dean of arts and humanities at the Univeristy of Arkansas at Monticello
Mr. John T. Wayne of Paragould
Blue Bell Ice Cream of North Little Rock
Design Build Contractors
First Natural State Bank
Ideal Lumber Company, Crossett
McDonald’s, Lake Village
McGehee Lumber Company
See Beyond Foundation
Southern Reprographics, Little Rock
Subway’s Lake Village
Sunflower Lake Village
True Value Lake Village
WDD Architects, Little Rock
Xtreme Imaging, Little Rock
Partners and supporters:
J. Austin White Cultural Arts Center
Paul Michael Company
Ms. Loretta Alexander
Mrs. Molly Bratton
Mayor JoAnne Bush
Mr. Tommy Carroll, McGehee Boys and Girls Club
Mrs. Joni Cannatella
Ms. Sharon Cantrell, UA Monticello at McGehee
Mr. Mike Caulfield of Greenville, Miss.
Ms. Katherine Dawson
Dr. Lillie Fears, Arkansas State University
Ms. Dorcedar Glover of Batesville, Miss.
Retired Judge Don Glover
Mr. Vernard Henley, UA Little Rock College of Engineering
Ms. Kellee Mayfield
Mrs. Faye Parker
Mrs. Nora Turner
Mr. Cyrus Vance, UA Monticello at McGehee
Mr. Bob Ware, UA Monticello at McGehee
Dr. Blake Wintory, Arkansas State University