Build Day – Presented by Time Warner Cable – Connect a Million Minds
What do you get when you combine Girl Scouts, 5,000 Girl Scout cookie boxes and female professionals working in the design industry? Girl Scout Cookie Construction, of course!
On March 7, a collaboration between The American Institute of Architects Kansas City (AIA KC), Women in Design Kansas City (WiD KC), Time Warner Cable and Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri will culminate with Cookie Construction Build Day at Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri.
For the past six months, Girl Scouts have been working on five different teams to design three-dimensional structures solely out of Girl Scout cookie boxes. Each team, led by a group of female professionals in the design industry, has learned the ins and outs of the architecture and design process!
“By learning how to design, engineer and build structures out of Girl Scout cookie boxes, girls are able to engage in real-world challenges that designers, engineers and architects encounter in their careers,” said Perry Watson, Time Warner Cable’s Area Vice President of Operations.
Samantha McCloud, WiD KC, also sees girls learning about communication, collaboration and innovation. “Beyond design-thinking skills, the young women that participate in this program gain the opportunity to learn and develop many soft skills that will help them succeed throughout their lives,” she says.
Girl Scouts are learning from the best of the best in Cookie Construction. The team leaders are respected professionals and accomplished architects, interior architects and design engineers in the community who want to see more women join them in their field in the coming years.
Phaedra Svec, architect at BNIM and team leader got involved with this program to show the Girl Scouts that architecture is a viable career option and a diverse field. “I didn’t have many mentors suggesting architecture and design as a possibility when I was a girl and I certainly had few female mentors coming up the ranks of the profession. No two women are architects in the same way, so it is important for each of us to model what that diversity looks like to give young women more choices.”
March 7, Build Day, the teams will have four hours to assemble their designs. Judging begins at 1 p.m. and the award for best overall design will be given during a presentation at 2 p.m. Structures will be on-view at Crown Center through March 27 and you can vote for your favorite to win the “People’s Choice Award”!
We hope to see you there!
(No cookies have been harmed in the making of these structures!)