Winter 2019 Best in Show



Arch for Kids in partnership with the Mercy College STEP program


US-based organizations, Arch for Kids and the Mercy College STEP: Science and Technology Entry Program, partnered to challenge students to consider housing solutions for homeless communities.  Reading articles helped young participants understand circumstances and challenges pertaining to their challenge.  Then, in groups, kids designed both transitional and permanent homes.  “Some were group homes, some were individual houses – often with a separate building with shared facilities, such as a kitchen/dining room/recreation room.

Many designs featured vegetable gardens for food and playgrounds for children. One design was a mobile home so occupants could travel to the best job opportunities.  Each facility had to incorporate sustainable design elements to cut energy costs and preserve the planet.”  – Kathryn Slocum, Arch for Kids Founder and Director

Arch for kids provides young people with dynamic, hands-on learning experiences grounded in architecture, engineering, urban planning and design.

STEP is a free academic enrichment program offered to select middle school and high school students from Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow, Ossining and Peekskill.

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