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This past year, I had the opportunity to volunteer as a mentor in the ACE program. The program introduces high school students to the various roles in architecture, construction and engineering. The ACE mentoring program is involved with high school students in more than 200 cities across the US. “Our mission is to engage, excite and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, and construction through mentoring and to support their continued advancement in the industry,” as per ACE Mentor Program’s website. Professionals from the fields of Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Construction Managers, College and University Representatives break into teams and are assigned to a group of high school students. During the program, the students are guided to selected a project, develop the program, prepare schematic designs as well as investigate the systems required for the type of project being developed. They develop construction estimated and preliminary construction schedule for the project. The students are introduced to each trade in a hope to inspire them to continue a career path in one of those fields. 26 ArchPLUS Fall 2015

At the end of the program, teams within an area gather in a central location and present their projects to the audience as well as a group of representatives from the ACE program sponsors. Each student takes a turn to describe a portion of their team’s project development. A power-point presentation is utilized to demonstration the investigation, development and refinement of their design. After the presentation, the jury is allowed to pose questions to the students about their projects and the team provides replies to the questions. Another important part of the ACE program is their sponsors. Because of their support, the program is offered to the student at no cost. As part of being involved in the program, graduating student can apply for scholarships from the ACE Mentoring Program for attending a program in Architecture, Construction or Engineering. The experience of mentoring students interested in the fields of Architecture, Construction and Engineering is very fulfilling and exciting. As a result, I am involved in the mentoring program again this year and I urge anyone that wants to get involve to contact the ACE Mentoring program at www, and assist this wonderful program to continue to grow and able to effect more students across the country. On the following pages, you will get a glimpse into the projects deigned by the local teams

ArchPLUS Fall 2015 Vol.2 No.4  


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