CONNECTING THE CLASSROOM TO THE COMMUNITY – FACT 41 of 50
Since 2019, the G7 program has worked closely with Eddie Merma of Sculpture School VT, who creates a curriculum so that every student can have a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) experience during their winter term at GMVS. Eddie works directly with the G7 students for half of the winter every year to show them how to use tools and the geometry they learn in math class to create projects. In the end, the class works together on one larger project for the Mad River Valley community and independently on a personal project. Here are the community projects the group has built over the last five years:
2019 – Moretown Library — Kids furniture, we made benches, tables, toys for the new Moretown library location at the Moretown Town Hall
2020 – Wildflowers Studio — Kids toys and furniture, we made all kinds of original toys and interactive furniture for preschool ages children
2021 – ShareMRV and MRV Libraries (Moretown, Warren, Joslin) — Seedboxes, we made plywood boxes for community seed exchange program
2022 – Joslin Library — Picnic tables, we made adult and youth size picnic tables for the outdoor community space at the Joslin library
2023 – Sculpture School — Youth makerspace, we built a 16’x20′ workspace for youth welding programs at the Sugarbush airport hanger in Warren
Independent projects have included a foosball table, basketball arcade game, ping pong table, dresser, desk, and ski lift chair bench (the students creatively come up with their own projects every year!). GMVS has been lucky to have Eddie come and work with the G7s every year and we hope it continues for years to come!