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Kissimmee Middle School Students Perform “Project Lead The Way” to Help Big Cats

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Students from Kissimmee Middle School preparing on-site measurements for the Central Florida Animal Reserve's Welcome & Education Center Photos Courtesy of Kathy Pierson Communications

The Central Florida Animal Reserve (CFAR) facility was recently taken over by 48, 8th grade Kissimmee Middle School students. Since the beginning of the school year, these students have worked to learn the basic skills of architectural design and how it all comes together when designing a building for this local, non-profit organization. These students were chosen by their architectural designs they submitted through the Green Architecture program at Kissimmee Middle School for the future Welcome Center and Education building at the CFAR facility.

The Green Architecture program gives students the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of design and construction within the field of architecture and how to apply green concepts to the fields of architecture and construction. They explore dimensioning, measuring, and architectural sustainability and apply what they have learned to design a multitude of civil and architectural engineering projects including bridges, affordable housing units, and neighborhoods using SketchUp’s® 3D architectural design software.