Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri today announced the launch of the fifth semester of Junior Architects and Engineers, the Department’s educational program that teaches elementary school students about the construction process in New York City.
Under the program, Department architects, engineers and inspectors visit schools across the City and teach students about the role the agency plays in ensuring construction work is safe and lawful.
After each class, students are invited to take a field trip to one of the Department’s borough offices to see the inner-workings of the agency.
Since the Department launched Junior Architects and Engineers in March 2011, more than 600 students have participated in the program citywide.
The Department kicked off the spring semester of Junior Architects and Engineers by teaching a class to 32 Fifth graders at Public School 98 in Queens.
“Today’s students represent the City’s next generation of designers and builders, and we are happy to demonstrate the importance of construction in New York City,” said Commissioner LiMandri. “This unique program equips students with valuable, in-depth knowledge about the construction process – past and present – and how office buildings, residential towers and homes are constructed. Our instructors are experts in their fields, providing an amazing learning experience and planting the seed for future careers in the world of construction.”
Each Junior Architects and Engineers class consists of a two-part curriculum, including a 45-minute in-class presentation on the City’s construction process and a scheduled field trip to one of the Department’s borough offices.
The presentations include interactive demonstrations, tutorials on how simple math and science concepts are used to construct buildings and fun facts about construction in the City, such as the weight of a building. Guest instructors also share their experience and extensive knowledge about architecture and engineering with the students, who may want to pursue future careers in the construction industry.
t the end of each class, students are asked to draw a picture of their favorite building in their borough. The drawings are later put on display at the Department’s respective borough office for viewing.
In the weeks following each class, students are invited to tour the Department office in their borough to see their artwork and learn more about the agency’s day-to-day operations, including how plans are submitted, the plan examination review process and how records are properly stored.
Department experts are visiting classes at four other schools to teach students about the construction process, including the following schools: Public School 340 in the Bronx; Public School 98 in Queens; Public School 373 in Staten Island; Public School 251 in Brooklyn.
For more information on the Junior Architects and Engineers program, please visit www.nyc.gov/buildings. If you are interested in having the program visit your school, please send an email to JrArchitectEngineer@buildings.