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Shedding Light on Architecture at McKenna

MKE Lighthouse

After studying architecture for months, fourth grade students in the Magnet program at McKenna Elementary School designed and built their own lighthouse models.

A dozen students in Michelle Scott’s class learned about geometry and algebra, two mathematical concepts that successful architects must understand and apply to their work. They researched different types of structures and drew up blueprints. Eventually, their sketches were transformed into building prototypes of buildings, domes and skyscrapers before the culminating lighthouse project.

As engineers, the students also designed jungle gyms, slides, swings and playhouses for a pet rock based on their interests. One example was a bald eagle by Joseph Genova to represent American values.