AIAGE - Bakersfield College - Kern High School District Collaboration
The AEPS Committee recently met with 22 high school teachers and Bakersfield College faculty members to brainstorm ways that we can collaborate. Elsa Contreras, Chris Ennis, and Mandy Freeland met alongside Duane Anderson and Lidia Torres from B.C. at the Adult School on Mt. Vernon to tell the STEM / Project Lead the Way teachers about The American Institute of Architect's extensive network of resources. What did we learn?
There are three high schools specializing in teaching an architecture curriculum in the Kern High School District: Centennial High School, Arvin High School, and East High School. The other schools in this group are teaching things like design, invention, robotics, and engineering in their STEM or Project Lead the Way curriculum. The high schools, and we've learned several local junior high schools, are utilizing Autodesk programs like Inventor and Revit. The students are also taught hand drafting, basic drafting etiquette, and model-making.
There is an overlap of skills taught at both the high school and junior college level. The B.C. faculty members offered to collaborate with the high schools to better prepare the transition of students to the college architecture program.
We also identified ways that our AIA chapter can help the KHSD teachers. We can provide professionals in engineering and architecture to visit the STEM / Project Lead the Way classes and assist in design critiques, develop design strategies, and open their minds to the design methods we use in our industry. We can collaborate with the schools on design competitions, as well as offer recognitions and scholarships.
The AEPS Committee looks forward to working together with KHSD and BC faculty now and in the future.