November 23, 2015 / FAR/Kids in Design

3rd Annual HoCo Math STEM Festival – “Math in Architecture”

AIABaltimore President Rob Brennan, AIA, teaches a student two-point perspective.

AIABaltimore President Rob Brennan, AIA, teaches a student two-point perspective.

Outreach Team

Rob Brennan, AIA; Camessia Johnson, Assoc. AIA; Tara Labosky, AIA; Jillian Storms, AIA; Terry Walker; Anthony Consoli, AIA

Overview of Event

Location: Long Reach High School
Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Grade Levels: 1st – 8th

Six volunteers covered this well organized festival to encourage students towards STEM academic/career paths that use mathematics. This event is one of approximately 300 STEM events in Maryland during 2015. Over 1,000 students and parents attended. We were one of the fifty activity tables on display.

Our exhibit included hexagonal building blocks created by Brown Craig Turner, mini-Lincoln Logs, Historic Home Style puzzles, drawing tools and templates for students to draw with, Howard County Architectural Academy student work, and posters and books about math in Architecture. Rob provided personalized two-point perspective classes to several interested students.

We had approximately ninety elementary and middle school students, often with their parents, visit and try one of our multiple activities.

Lessons Learned

  • These Howard County STEM events draw a younger crowd of students, primarily elementary and some middle schoolers, with no high school students other than event volunteers.
  • Interactive exhibits and activities work best for these events. The biggest hits were the building block activities.
  • Very few visitors looked at the books. We won’t need them in the future.
  • It is important to register early for these STEM events.
  • We were fortunate to obtain a location with very good visitor traffic near the entry.