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Southern High School students visit Stevenson University for a design workshop

Students from Southern High School in Anne Arundel County traveled to Stevenson's School of Design to participate in a workshop led by professor Inna Alesina. Using household materials such as cereal boxes, pool noodles and paper towel rolls, each student was tasked with creating a prototype to solve a challenge they were given. They were encouraged to think past existing solutions and rather consider the properties of the materials for their designs. This open-ended prompt inspired students to think outside the box and have some hands-on fun in the process.

Students use different materials for solutions
Different materials were combined to create their prototypes

Students work on their inventions
Students brainstormed and bounced ideas off of each other for their solutions

The School of Design thanks our guests for taking the time to come out and hear the student's presentations

Communication Design III students confidently presented their future scenarios for the Owings Mills Metro Centre to a prestigious group of visitors, including Councilwoman Vicki Almond and her Chief of Staff Jonathan Schwartz. Also among the group were Architect Klaus Philipsen, Vice President of Public Affairs and Strategy at Stevenson, Sharon Markley, Dean of the School of Design, Amanda Hostalka, Department Chair George Moore, and Professor Lori Rubeling. The students presented their final deliverables including their identity creations and supporting materials, such as publications and guides. The visitors were greatly impressed with the hard work and detail put into the projects.

VP of Public Affairs and Strategy, Sharon Markley, discussed presentations with the students

Chief of Staff Jonathan Schwartz and Councilwoman Vicki Almond provided helpful comments and feedback

Learn more details about this project initiated by Professor Inna Alesina in the previous post, Exploring Future Scenarios for the Owings Mills Metro Centre.

Students at the Lego Challenge
A few representatives of the AVCD team at the Lego Challenge, preparing to present their structure to the judges

First year students of all majors gathered in the Owings Mills Gym to participate in the Lego Challenge, a team building project where students construct Lego sculptures representative of the fundamentals of Stevenson's Career Architecture: Professional Know-How, Personal Direction and Discipline Expertise. Throughout this event, students learned more about personal values, skills, and interests related to their future careers....Click here to read more.

Students in Sandtown
Photojournalism students ready to walk around Sandtown with Joe Giordano

PHOTO 342: Documentary and Photojournalism students took to the streets of Sandtown in Baltimore for an exciting field trip to kick start a photo essay assignment. Led by City Paper editor and photojournalist Joe Giordano, the class interacted with residents and experienced the lively and artistic neighborhood first hand.

Graffiti in Sandtown
Many buildings are adorned with colorful murals

Taking Pictures in Sandtown
Inspiration can be found in any direction

Hitting the Streets

Brainstorming Lego Challenge
Students brainstorm and discuss how their ideas are representative of Career Architecture

First year AVCD students participated in a class brainstorming session to prepare for the Lego Challenge happening on Friday, October 30th from 1–4 in the Owings Mills Gym. The annual Lego Challenge is a team project where students create a Lego sculpture that represents the aspects of Stevenson's Career Architecture process, including Personal Direction, Discipline Expertise and Professional Know-How.

The class brainstormed in groups and pitched ideas for what to build to best represent not only Career Architecture, but also the Visual Communication Design major as a whole. Once they settled on a solid idea, they moved on to discuss ways to further enhance their presentation, including props, costumes and additional imagery. The class even took the time to organize roles and timing to be best prepared for the event.

Come out and see everything they came up with at the Lego Challenge on Friday!   

Career Architecture Ideas
Students mind-mapped the aspects of Career Architecture to trigger some ideas

Learn more about the Lego Challenge here.

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