Engineering students designing two community gardens are finding that there is enormous satisfaction and pride in helping their community.
In the West Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, engineering students from Lindblom Math and Science Academy were busy on a Saturday, wielding power tools and carrying wood to build the gardens.
“It’s really amazing,” said 17-year-old Murphy Gay. “I’m glad I get to be out here and work on this. It’s a lot of fun making the boxes and it’s really awesome seeing it all come together.” His classmate, Brenda Macias, echoed similar sentiments.
“It’s good to know that my classwork and what I’m learning pays off, because we’re actually affecting the community,” she said.
The students are expanding the Hermitage Street Community Gardens, which were started by Cordia Pugh in 2011. Their instructor, Lawrence Bass, approached her and asked if his students could work with the project.
Bass formed the Global Design Initiatives Colloquium with 21 students to allow them use of their skills outside the classroom. They are designing a new space which will include a gazebo, benches, a storage space, and pathways. They are also assisting with designing the website.