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STEAM-Building Cities in 7th Grade

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The 7th grade art class learns how to use cardboard to make their city.

The 7th grade art class learns how to use cardboard to make their city.

The 7th grade art class learns how to use cardboard to make their city.

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London, Paris, Hong Kong, and New York all have one thing in common: they are cities, and big ones at that.  This year’s  seventh grade class is in the process of making their very own city through the Makerspace project.

This project gives them an opportunity to incorporate STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) into art education. It gives the girls a way to think and create with engineering and mathematics. This approach to the combination of art and STEAM was started this year by Ms. Murtagh after working with the FutureMakers, a company that runs summer camps and in-school activities, teaching kids how to be creative and still use technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Ms. Murtagh said that working at FutureMakers was “a great experience” and that it inspired her to try the program at Maryvale. Through this program, seventh graders have the opportunity to design and build their own city, including: buildings, roads, bridges, and even their own economy. The entire project will be made of hot glue, recyclables, masking tape, and card board. This program will help girls learn to work together, scale, and how to solve problems differently.

Isabelle Fleming ’22 traces cardboard to make her building. Credit: Peyton White.

The 7th grade has been overwhelmed with joy regarding this project. Building a city is really out of their realm and is a new style of art for them to experience.  Both Isabella Fleming and Annabelle Fleming say that this is, surprisingly, a very fun project, especially with partners. This really aids the student’s in their learning more about their community and how to incorporate art into jobs such as construction.

Isabelle says that “it’s fun to see it all come together and everything that is in the real world built in your little city.”

Partners Annabelle Fleming ’22 and Emilee King ’22 work on their museum. Credit: Peyton White.

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