Boomtown BuildImagine the Future:
Students imagine and create a safe, healthy, and happy community and develop what FIRST City means to them.
Crazy Creative Builders
DESIGN AND SHOW AWARD WINNERS!
Brittany Woods Middle School Expo
We had a visitor from Washington University come to our meeting to tell us a lot about architecture. Her name is Mary Ann Lazarus and she loves to build buildings that are sustainable. We learned that there a lot of things you have to think about when you build a building, like how water and electricity will come
into the building.
We renamed our team the Crazy Creative Builders for this year’s
challenge, Boomtown Build. We
brainstormed a whole bunch of names and then voted on which one we liked
best. We learned a lot about Boomtown
Build by researching information on the internet, watching you tube videos, using
our engineering notebook and speaking with an architect. We also learned about the CORE Values at our
team meeting and played a game to learn them and work together!
An architect, Mary Ann Lazarus, came to visit us and taught us a lot
about sustainable buildings. She works at Washington University. Sustainable means to not use up all the
earth’s resources that people in the future might need. She showed us there are
a lot of things you have to think about when creating a sustainable building. Things like lighting, energy, water, food, waste,
and even the health of the people in the building. She is very creative and is a great drawer. We were so thankful she came to visit us and
we got to have pizza afterwards!
We decided that night we would do a sustainable building for our
project. We had a bunch of ideas like an
aquarium, a zoo, a library, a STEM Center, a church and a few others. We voted on which one we liked best and
picked a church. We started
researching some more on what types of things would make a building
sustainable. We learned about something
called LEED. LEED stands for Leadership
in Energy and Environmental Design.
Builders can use the LEED guidelines to build green buildings. Not the color green, but “Green” buildings
are environmentally responsible and energy efficient.
We watched videos that showed us there are ways to save energy. You can use recycled materials to keep them
from going to the landfill. Instead of
turning on lights, you can use daylight for lighting. We also learned about LED light bulbs. Old light bulbs may last up to 850 hours, but
LED bulbs may last up to 50,000 hours! We
also found out that some of these items may cost more in the beginning but will
end up saving money and energy later.
A church is a place where people with the same beliefs can come together
and learn about God. It’s also a place
where people in the community can come to get help. The problem may be that most church buildings
are old and are not sustainable so they may be hurting the environment or
We thought about the different areas we would need to build our “Green”
church. We each picked a different part
of the church and came up with ideas to make it sustainable. We drew a plan on graph paper for our
blueprint. I built the outside of the
church building. I am going to use
recycled materials to keep our landfills from getting bigger. I will use solar panels on our roof to save
electricity. I will also use large windows where a whole lot of daylight can
come in and the sound from the outside of the church will be reduced.
I built the pulpit and the congregation area for our model. The pulpit is where the preacher stands and
the congregation is where the members sit.
This area will have sky ceilings so light will shine during the day and
use less electricity. I will also use
recycled church pews. I can fix old ones
so they do not go in the trash.
I picked the kitchen and basement area because one day I would like to
be a chef! In my church kitchen, the
“Energy Star” appliances will use less electricity. I will use food from the garden to cook and
also feed the community. I will compost
foods like fruit peels, vegetables and egg shells so our garden soil will have
nutrients for the plants to grow. In the
basement, I will have superior insulation made from recycled materials that
keeps out drafts, helps the basement stay dry, and improves the air
I had the utilities of the church.
I built a small wind electric system, called a wind turbine. We
looked up which way the wind blows in St. Louis and found out that the wind
changes directions each month. We
decided that the wind turbine should spin so that it will be facing in the
right direction each month.
I built the bathrooms and offices of the church. I will use automatic sensor lights that will
turn on when someone comes into the rooms and turn off when no one is using the
rooms. Recycled supplies will be used, such
as paper, and our trash will be recycled.
The bathrooms will have water saving sinks and toilets, so we will use
I built the garden for our model.
I will have a rain barrel to catch water for our plants if needed. I will not use chemicals on the garden,
instead I will pick the weeds.
Pesticides are not good to use because they can find their way into the
soil and the air we breathe and cause cancer.
All of our food we grow will be
cooked in the kitchen and served to our members and the community.
Jacob: It was
really cool to see how all our ideas came together to build our “Green”
church! We are going to record our
presentation to share with Mrs. Lazarus, the architect. Hopefully she can use some of our ideas in
her buildings. We also shared our ideas
with a deacon of my church to see if we can make my church more
OUR MODEL - A "GREEN" CHURCH