Students engage with all academic content through Student Projects focused on topics from the Architecture, Construction, and Engineering (ACE) industries. A Project Based Learning academic model is used to provide active, hands-on, and relevant educational experiences. Student projects are created from actual leading commercial construction projects in New Mexico. Teachers take challenging problems from these commercial projects and design Student Projects using industry experts to help them ensure that what they are teaching is relevant to the ACE professions and cutting edge.
Students must demonstrate mastery of skills and content, as well as project completion publicly in the form of Exhibitions, where students present and discuss their projects with industry experts, community members, and teachers at least once per trimester.
Some Student Projects result in collaboration with community partners, such as the Silvery Minnow Sanctuary with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. This project demonstrates the power of combining academic curriculum with a community partner project. Students designed and built informational kiosks and foot bridges for the Silvery Minnow Sanctuary located in the Bosque of Albuquerque’s South Valley for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. This project experience allowed students to work on a real life project, develop and practice skills under the mentorship of professionals, and contribute to our community in very tangible and meaningful ways. Take a look at some of the local media coverage of the project: