Monday, November 2, 2020

AARCH provides resources for educators

The Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) provides resources to teachers and educators all over Northern New York.

Their work in regional education, advocacy, and technical assistance expands K-12 Art, Science, Technology, Math, English, and Social Studies curriculums all over the region.

A resources page on their website, available at this link, showcases what AARCH offers in helping students and teachers delve into a new learning environment, allowing them to build an understanding around historical preservation in their respective communities.

AARCH, together with educators is an organization that aspires to create opportunities which foster love and appreciation for our regional historic infrastructure, local landmarks and places important to students and their families.

Here are some examples of projects, workshops, and resources, and more available here.

Map your Backyard – Launched Last May for Historic Preservation Month, participants are asked to creatively map and illustrate their backyard environment.

Questing – Launched in 2016, AARCH has designed a program with fifth grade students in Keeseville to create a history and architecture quest through their village, intended to build community pride and foster a sense of place.

Oscar’s Observations – A digital blog series featuring Oscar, an observant (king of gargoyle-like figure) who lives in the eaves of AARCH’s Preservation Service Director Christine’s house, and observes how people learn about, apply, and work on various preservation projects.

Measuring Embedawatts – Embedawatts, a word invented by AARCH earlier this year, is a unit of measure which records the embodied energy stored in a building. This is energy used and expended to create a building, and reinforces the importance of reduce, reuse, and recycle. Learn to use the watt hours and energy chart for a mid-sized home to measure embedawatts in anything!

What Style Is It? – Place-based programs that explore architectural styles, teaching participants to “read” buildings and their environment.

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