Learning Outcomes for the Scouts:
(1) Participants will have an understanding of what architects do.
(2) Participants will have an understanding of the male/female ratios among the profession today.
(3) Participants will answer questions about spaces that they experience daily.
(4) Participants will design a meeting space to suit their personal style and troop specific needs.
In addition to exposing the girls to the architectural profession, the day will benefit my thesis as the girls participate in a charrette to develop meeting spaces.
Deliverables for Thesis Project:
(1) Interacting with scouts at the GUTS event will provide insight regarding scouts' perceptions of their current meeting spaces and preferences for updated meeting spaces.
(2) Conversations with older scouts will address what provisions of facilities would keep them interested in the organization throughout high school.
(3) Discussions with volunteer leaders will uncover any facilities they need to better administer troop activities.
We will spend some time talking about the spaces the girls experience everyday -- their classrooms, bedrooms, and where they meet with their scout troops. We will brainstorm what the most important aspects of these spaces are and consider some big ideas for an awesome scout facility in Center City.
I hope that, in addition, to the research I have compiled so far, the girls will be able to help to define the heart of the building I will design for them. The girls will work independently, but will be encouraged to bounce ideas off one another to get their creative juices flowing. I am pumped to introduce them to the idea of charrettes as a brainstorming methodology. It may be uncomfortable for some of them, but in the words of my friend the Underdog Architecture Student, "if at first you don't charrette…charrette, charrette, charrette!"