SCHOOL OF THE
National Winners 2008
Congratulations to the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School for winning the National School of the Future Student Design Competition. The annual competition was held in Washington D.C. and was sponsored by the CEFPI Foundation and Charitable Trust, spotlighting connections between schools and their affects on student learning. School Building Week is a week long celebration highlighting high performing, well planned, healthy schools for the future. The buildings should use sustainable materials and renewable resources to help in preserving our environment for years to come. Schools should not only be part of the education system but act as a major community connection.
Over the last four months, Hallie Hallman, Emily Powers, Ally McCarthy and Alex Kashtan, met once a week and learned about;"Green Building Technology", how to use the Autodesk Revit Architectural Computer Aided Drafting Program, and creating a futuristic design of a middle school. They researched the best ways to include the community and how to have ideal classroom environments that will help students achieve a maximum educational experience. Their school building incorporates four major renewable energy sources such as; Solar, Hydro, Geothermal and Wind powered systems. Recycling, Composting and Rooftop gardens were also in the design.
Alex Kashtan was responsible for creating his own invention, "The Hydro Gutter". This invention went on to be one of the state winners for the Connecticut Invention Convention. One of the student's favorite ideas for their building was the, "Experience Room". This futuristic room is a virtual reality room that will allow the students to be immersed into any environment. For example; if a class was studying the rainforest they could enter the room and be surrounded by four walls that project the rainforest in 3-D. it would also have sounds and smells from the chosen environment. While this idea is still in the conceptual stages we feel it is a realistic possibility in the future.
The students also implemented some educational plans. They created a flyer with the help of the Lego Robotics team from the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School to help promote the use of fluorescent light bulbs. The flyer was then distributed to members of the community. In addition they used the energyhog.org website to further their knowledge about saving energy. An XO computer was also designated to be used throughout the school. it is a laptop computer that can be electrically powered,l hand cranked, or solar powered. For every XO computer sold one is donated to a child in a less developed country. The student's sense of community and world connections was impressive.
In order to be involved in the design competition the students were required to create floor plans, an 800 word narrative, a 12-15 min. presentation and a model of their design. Their dedication and enthusiasm for the project paid off in the end when they presented to the jury on April 30, 2008. The jury comprised of 18 architects, facility planners and other related professionals from around the country.
The national finals included six regions around the country; Connecticut, Washington State, Arizona, Iowa, Virginia and Maryland. it was a fantastic experience for everyone. Lyme-Old Lyme students defended their title as national Winners last year. The students spend five days in Washington D.C. with many special events planned on their behalf. They included a meeting with Senator Lieberman, a private tour of the National Building Museum and a Reception on the Roof Top of the National Association of Realtors. They were able to interact with the other teams and get to know kids from around the United States. It was a wonderful experience.
As a result of winning the Student Design Competition on the National Level the students were presented with $2000.00 and invited to the U.S. Green Building Councils big conference being held in Boston next November. This is a great honor for the students.
NORTHEASTERN REGIONAL WINNERS 2008
Congratulations to the
Four students; Hallie Hallman, Emily Powers, Ally McCarthy and Alex Kashtan, spent the last four months, meeting once a week learning about; “Green Building Technology”, how to use the Autodesk Revit Architectural CAD, and creating a futuristic design of a middle school. They researched the best ways to include the community and how to have ideal classroom environments that will help students achieve a maximum educational experience. The school incorporates several renewable energy systems such as Solar, Hydro, Geothermal and Wind powered systems. It also uses a variety of conservation programs that include recycling, composting and rooftop gardens.
The students were required to create floor plans, an 800 word narrative, a 12-15 min. presentation and a model of their design. Their dedication and enthusiasm for the project paid off in the end when they presented to the jury on March 13, 2008. The jury comprised of four local professionals in related fields.
The students are now on their way to Washington D.C for the National Jury. The finals will include the five regions around the country and
To read more about the Student Design Competition go to http://sbw.cefpifoundation.org/
or contact Mrs. Caffrey at LOLMS and check out the display in the lobby showcase.