2009-05-08 / Community

RWA Holds Map Design Class At PS 43

RWA Educator Diana Gruberg holds up one of the student's maps. RWA Educator Diana Gruberg holds up one of the student's maps. Last week RWA educator Diana Gruberg led a class with Environmentor students at PS 43 Beacon on mapping techniques that would help to represent the physical structure of their community in Rockaway. Gruberg taught students how to design maps that could display current trends, objects, and buildings, as well as how to plan for the future. Through these skills students were able to think of broader ideas of community planning and design.

The students took a trip around the school to look at the physical layout of their community. They were asked to use their imaginations and design environmentally friendly and safe places that would benefit the entire community of Rockaway using the mapping skills that were taught.

Many of their imaginations ran wild as they designed intricate playgrounds and even the proposal for a spa, which came equipped with a modern mud treatment facility! This particular mapping and development project was able to capture the creativity of the students and helped to shine light on the innovative changes that could take root in Rockaway.

Students go for a walk to make note of the various elements in the neighborhood that could be mapped out. Students go for a walk to make note of the various elements in the neighborhood that could be mapped out.

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