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    A Model History
    Teaching students skills for tomorrow by rebuilding the past
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    RESEARCH & REBUILD
    Educating Students on Preservation
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    34 Teams Are Competing
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01 / Overview

Welcome to the 2nd Annual
Town History in 3D Competition

Hidden within the small valleys of Vermont are historical treasures - beautiful buildings with a past as rich as their architecture. Using the 3D modeling software Sketchup and 3D printing technology, the Town History in 3D Competition brings Vermont historical buildings and their amazing past to life.

High School and middle school students from around the state are challenged to work in teams to research and recreate 3D models of historical buildings in their area. In the process they uncover and document the history of buildings and create a multimedia presentation to accompany their printed 3D models.

All completed models and their accompanying multimedia presentations are entered into a now annual statewide spring invitational showcase where they are judged for their technical mastery, architectural accuracy and historical research and presentation.


Competition Overview


Each participating school must organize a team of 2 to 10 students and a faculty advisor. The faculty member will coach each team and serve as a point of contact with the competition organizers. Each team must also pick a team student captain. This individual will be included in communications to the team and advisor.

A free course in Sketchup training will be made available to all faculty coaches by Town History in 3D founder Mike Hathorn. Mike, a history and 3D printing teacher at Hartford High School and the originator of 3D Vermont, will conduct 3D training seminars at Hartford High School and via Google Hangout for faculty participating remotely. Mike is also leading a group of trainers that will assist with regional training opportunities.

As part of the process and to help ensure that contest entrants remain on track, contest organizers will present challenges throughout the competition that will serve as benchmarks in the research, design, and generation of 3D reproductions and accompanying multimedia presentations.

Teams are encouraged to research, reproduce and document more than one building in their town.

During the course of the challenge, with help from their coaches, students will achieve the following learning outcomes:

  1. Learn to use Sketchup to create geo located 3D models.
  2. Get to know their communities and community histories through directed research.
  3. Create a multimedia presentation on the building to accompany the 3D model.
  4. Present their ideas to peers, experts in the field, and community members.
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02 /Event Details

The Competition's
Culminating Event

March 25, 2016, Judd Hall at Vermont Tech College, in Randolph VT. The High School and Middle School Olympiad of Architectural History in Vermont, is the official title of the competition. All schools involved are expected to send their teams to the event, at which they will place their buildings on a giant map of Vermont at its corresponding geographic location. Each team will have their models equipped with a QR code linking to the multimedia presentation they have developed.

A panel of judges will review the models using a rubric focused on model quality, historical research, and authenticity as it relates to the real building as well as the depth of the associated multimedia presentation. Teams will receive feedback from judges offering guidance around what worked well and where improvement can be made.

03 / Awards

Win Prizes
For Your School

First Place

10 J2 Chromebooks from CTL Corporation

Second Place

5 J2 Chromebooks from CTL Corporations

Top middle school

5 Chromebooks from CDWG.

04 / Rules & Timeline

Contest Rules And Timeline

Rules


Click here for
CONTEST PARAMETERS and
LOGISTICS FOR THE ARCHITECTURAL OLYMPIAD—3/25


  1. Each team will consist of 2 to 10 Vermont high school or middle school students and one faculty advisor. Eac team MUST pick a student Team Captain.
  2. Ideally, one team per high school or middle school - in the case of multiple teams, please be sure to pick different team names and individuals..
  3. Each team will create 3D printed models of historical buildings in their district. There are no limits on how many models can be submitted. Scale can vary.
  4. Each team will put together a multimedia presentation to accompany the 3D model. The presentation can include the use of audio and written narrative, photographs, drawings, animation and video. It must address the following:
    • The origins of the building including key dates
    • Discussion of its architectural style and details
    • Highlights of the buildings' evolution over time
    • Description of its current use

  5. Each team will be judged on the following criteria:
    • Architectural accuracy of the 3D printed model.
    • Level of detail included in the 3D printed model.
    • Historical accuracy of the multimedia presentation.
    • Depth of research. More specific detail equals a higher score.
    • Originality and creativity of the multimedia presentation (ie. students may not just reprint a Wikipedia entry).

Timeline

  • Registration opens on October 26 and closes Dec 1.
  • Teacher-training sessions begin early December 2015
  • Project milestones begins January 15, 2016
  • Architectural Olympiad March 25, 2016.
    Judd Hall at Vermont Tech College in Randolph VT

05 / Updates

Competition
Updates

Check back here for news and information

January 2016

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. TRAINING BEGINS FOR THE FIRST TOWN HISTORY in 3D SketchUp For 2015-2016 Competition. PROJECT MILESTONES BEGIN JANUARY 15.



October 28th, 2015

REGISTRATION BEGINS FOR THE FIRST TOWN HISTORY in 3D SketchUp Training For 2015-2016 Competition


September 1, 2015

MAP AND MODELS TOUR VT STATE PARKS!

Selection of models is currently touring the State and has been seen at the Calvin Coolidge Historic Site


April 20th 2015

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE INAUGURAL TOWN HISTORY IN 3D COMPETITION WINNERS!

1st Prize: Windsor High School
2nd Prize: Saint Johnsbury Academy
Middle School Prize: Essex Middle School

Special thanks to all participants and teachers for a wonderful event!