There are some spots still available for rising seventh graders interested in learning about architecture + design this summer.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the Alex Foundation still had five openings for the Alex Foundation’s architecture + design camp, set for July 12-16 and July 19-23, at Belmont Plantation.
The camps, which are free, are for rising seventh-grade students only and are free to all participants.
There are three openings for the all-girls camp set for July 12-16 and two spots available for the co-ed camp running July 19-23.
The week of July 19-23 will be architecture, design and engineering with Little Rock-based Garver Engineering, Mississippi architect Emily Poole and North Carolina designer maker Annie Evelyn. Students will design and make an ottoman. Campers will tour Joyce Fabrics to select fabrics for the ottoman they will make.
The students will learn about engineering and how architects and engineers work together. They will learn how to design a downtown green space, read blueprints, sketch, draw and paint Belmont Plantation and design models. They will also learn how to use drones and they will build an ottoman as part of interior design. On July 20, campers will get a chance to meet Wendy from Wendy’s Restaurant in person, who will donate lunch for all the campers.
During both camps, campers will tour Akins Complete Furniture in Dumas, Arkansas.
All classes will go from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. All supplies and lunch and snacks will be provided.
Funding for both camps is made possible by a grant from the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area and Garver Engineers; and a contribution from Planters Bank.
For anyone interested in registering their uprising seventh grader, parents need to visit alex-foundation.org and register no later than July 2.
Alex Foundation Executive Director Angela Courtney said Alex Foundation started in 2010 to give students exposure to architecture and design and they started their summer architecture + design camps in 2014.
“Most schools don’t teach architecture. Our summer camps gives students creative and technical skills while teaching them about the built environment. They get to experience how communities are planned and designed and how architects and designers shape the environments in which we all live,” Courtney said, noting it has also been important for them to encourage more girls to take an interest in the world of architecture.
“The architecture profession has not always been inclusive, and women have not entered the profession equally at the same rate as men,” she said. “Our girls camp is led by females, which gives girls an opportunity to see someone who looks like them in an unfamiliar career. It’s making a direct connection to women in architecture and that’s critical to diversity and inclusion.”