The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Greater Columbia Section would like to invite all interested members to volunteer in this year’s Kids in Architecture Day. This event is sponsored by the AIA Greater Columbia Section with the Downtown YMCA.

 Saturday, April 30th @ 10am – 2pm

 Downtown YMCA, 1420 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29201

 Please RSVP your volunteer hours to cbrandt@jcsarchitects.com today!

 This year’s Kids in Architecture Day will allow students to experience the architect’s collaborative design process. This program is designed to:

  • Introduce students to the process of architectural design
  • Explore the relationship between architectural design and art
  • Create an awareness of the artistic and built environment
  • Enhance communication skills

These program goals will be achieved through the design and construction of a Rube Goldberg machine. In this activity, students will work together and learn that there is more than one creative solution to any problem. Through the successful design of their machines, students will discover that the beauty in any design can be found in how it accomplishes its goal. After the students complete their projects, we will tour the museum’s collection of art and evaluate the unique ways in which various artists accomplish their diverse design goals.

The event will be held on Saturday, April 30th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Downtown YMCA. The exercises will be facilitated by architects from around the Columbia area. All materials will be provided by the AIA Columbia, a pizza lunch will be included and the event is completely free. Space, however, is limited.