Students Design, Build, and Install Public Sculpture at Coventry High School, 2016
Across from the Coventry High School (CHS) main entrance is a Pollinator Habitat, a home for insects. This real world, multidisciplinary project would not have been possible without the collaborative work of approximately 90 students, teachers including Ms. Celeste (art), Mr. Dufault (technology), and Mr. Brew (science), as well as RI-based industrial designer and artist, Amy Leidtke.
According to Leidtke, “This project exemplifies an academically integrated approach to making artwork and symbolizes the human – nature connection. It gave students the opportunity to experience the Participatory Design Process while exercising skills in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art (and design) and math). As a result of executing this work, students not only added beauty to the campus, they learned about design thinking, research, 2-D and 3-D visual communication methods, environmental conservation, teamwork, democratic practice, and creating objects that have meaning. I am very proud of the work our team made and am grateful for the opportunity to work with the CHS community. Kudos design team!”