Two Indian Hill second graders win Inspired Innovator award from Design LAB

Two Indian Hill second graders win Inspired Innovator award from Design LAB
Posted on 05/12/2017
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The Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati sponsors an annual Design LAB: Learn and Build competition for K-12 students in the Cincinnati area. The competition incorporates a hands-on, project-based learning experience where students pick a site and build a bridge for a client that will help the client in some way. Students must build the bridge using only recyclable materials and they must include elements of green design. An architect was assigned to the class who visited every other week to teach and guide students through the project. Over 100 classrooms and 1,900 students participated.

Grant Gibson and Jane Holbrook, two young engineers from this year’s second grade class, received the “Inspired Innovator” award for their “Geronimo Stilton” bridge, which the judges thought was “unique and represented inventive design thinking.”

The Geronimo Stilton bridge, which was inspired by the Geronimo Stilton book series, is a walking/pedestrian bridge that helps clients get from book to book. Grant and Jane describe, “This way, the characters do not have to wait for the author to finish writing the book and they can begin a new adventure. This bridge also helps the characters solve the problem in each adventure.”

The bridge features solar panels that power the whole bridge and a windmill to harness wind energy. It has a bedroom, a fan, and a nurse’s First Aid station. There is also a changing station where the characters can change from adventure to adventure.