The Alex Foundation recently hosted its STE+AM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) Initiative at McGehee High School.


The foundation introduced eighth and ninth graders to key ways STE+AM subjects are aligned to architectural careers, according to a news release.


“In its seventh year, STE+AM offers an opportunity to directly immerse students in higher-order thinking as strategic designers of the built environment,” according to the release.


The Alex Foundation’s STE+AM Initiative instructor was Russell Rudzinski, professor of architecture at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville’s Fay Jones School of Architecture. This is the second year Rudzinski presented at McGehee High School.


“Intended to also raise awareness among students and educators on the interdisciplinary connections that link technical and creative skills with architecture, students were guided through understanding the applications of basic concepts of necessity, proportions, scale, physics and aesthetics in the design process,” according to the release.


According to the release, the Alex Foundation was established in 2010. It is a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage, engender and enlighten students to become exposed to college, careers and entrepreneurial opportunities in architecture, design and the built environment. Details: alex-foundation.org.