• Elementary School Students Can Build New Dreams in Field Of Architecture

    May 24, 2011 3:41 PM

    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Lessons in architecture. Baltimore City fifth-graders are putting their passion for drawing toward a future career possibility.

    Andrea Fujii reports.

    From planning to designing to construction, 16 Beechfield Elementary students from West Baltimore are learning what it means to be an architect.

    “It seems like a good job that you can have fun with and still get work done at the same time,” said Erykah Joseph, fifth-grader.

    This is the second year for the “Careers in Design” program in which Baltimore firm Ayers Saint Gross has teamed up with Beechfield.

    “They didn’t know what planning was, they didn’t know what landscape architecture was, and they can take what they’re interested in and they can take that and make that a career in the future,” said Jessica Leonard, architect.

    A tour of the firm culminates the six-week course in which architects teach students, who then designed their dream house.

    “I made a laser room. I made a theaters room,” said Kevin Harris, fifth-grader.

    Only two percent of registered architects nationwide are African-American.  This program hopes to change that. Architects encouraging students’ creativity and teaching them their talents can be a career many never knew existed. The students who decide to continue down this path can transfer to the Baltimore Design School next year. It’s a brand new school specializing in design, fashion and architecture.


    Summer STEM Program Fosters Innovative Thinking

    From custom-made habitats for hermit crabs to motorized boats that clean up oil spills, the culminating projects of students in City Schools’ four-week STEM program reveal top-notch thinking and a summer full of learning. On Fri., July 29, students from the program showcased their creations at seven summer learning sites across the district: Sarah M. Roach Elementary School, Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School, Patapsco Elementary/Middle School, Dr. Nathan A. Pitts-Ashburton Elementary/Middle School, Samuel F. B. Moorse Elementary School, Frederick Elementary School and Beechfield Elementary/Middle School.

    Families and community members browsed the finished products of an innovative program that integrates learning in reading, writing, math, science and engineering. “The program offers the very best in education by combining hands-on learning in the sciences with reading, writing and mathand tying it all together in a series of engineering challenges,” explains Katya Denisova, a science coordinator at City Schools. “It mirrors the kind of projects that take place daily in the workplace—collaborative, interdisciplinary, thought-provoking and applied.”













    Hilton St. (E) to Beechfield Road (W)
    Maiden Choice Run (S) to Old Frederick Road (N)
    Zip Code: 21229



         Beechfield Elementary/Middle #246 is located in the historic Irvington community and nestled in a family oriented community with residences built from over a century ago. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Baltimore City and bordered by Catonsville, the Irvington community is on the move with a variety of revitalization projects that are currently underway. This close knit neighborhood has many family activities throughout the year, such as a school-wide Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas basket distributions, and a back-to-school fair. The community also sponsors a C.O.P walk in which the neighborhood volunteers walk the neighborhood once a month. Irvington also has a three block business district. This unique area has a historic history that began with a road built sometime before 1765 that led from Baltimore to Frederick Town. Originally a Native American trail, it was later used by trappers as they brought their pack horses, laden with pelts and salt, to the markets of Baltimore. Today the “road” is Frederick Avenue. The Irvington community also encompasses the Loudon Park Cemetary where in 1861 the government bought a plot of land for the burial of 2,300 Union and 275 Confederate soldiers. Today the cemeteries are a reminder of the historic importance of the neighborhood which maintains the seclusion of its rural origins even though the city has grown in all directions around it. As we look back on this “road” which has been busy since before the Civil War, we can see that Irvington’s destination is about the legacy and optimistic spirit of a community of people who reside in the shadow of Baltimore City and still enjoy a bit of the country in a corner of Charm City.