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Building Success: LS Stem Project Focuses on Architecture, Critical Thinking and Creativity!


Budding SHA architects had a chance to show their stuff as part of the Lower School's "STEM Challenge" activity this March. Students were tasked with designing a structure of their choice using building software along with a little creativity and critical thinking.

Before the girls got to designing, they read Iggy Peck, Architect, a book that tells the story of second-grader Iggy Peck and his passion for building with unique and unexpected materials. In the end, his prowess for building and his problem-solving skills save the day. 

As a follow-up activity, students then learned about Zaha Hadid, a British Iraqi architect, artist and designer who was a major figure in architecture in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Her creativity and imagination brought architecture to new levels. Hadid’s bold and imaginative designs are known for their curving shapes and sharp angles, and she coupled the use of space with futuristic designs using concrete and steel. She was the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker Prize, an international award often called the Nobel Prize of architecture.

The STEM Challenge assignment also featured the use of technology, and Lower Schoolers were introduced to, a building software program that enabled them to bring their ideas to life. Each student used the software to design a building that had to include three levels, a door and windows. SHA structures ranged from fascinating residential homes to amazing cottages, castles and more!