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Designing a building, maybe a career

Miniature marshmallows, toothpicks and styrofoam cups were the tools. The task? Build a self-supporting, weight-bearing structure. CATC was selected to participate in DAAP Alliance, a year-long initiative designed to increase diversity in design-based careers, and sponsored by the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, and  Procter & Gamble. In a series of sessions, the selected high school students are taking on design challenges with help from DAAP student mentors and leaders such as Laurie Wilson, middle row left. In this exercise, the weight-bearing level of their “buildings” had to be 11 inches or higher from the surface. Everyone held their collective breath as the structures were tested based on how many pennies they could hold.

The students also have opportunities to participate in DAAP programs throughout the year, visit area design studios and to apply for scholarships to DAAP Camp, a week-long, live-on-campus summer program with college-level instruction.  View Slide show.