01 / Overview
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.
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:
02 /Event Details
March 24, 2017, 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 historical research, model quality, 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
04 / Rules & Timeline
05 / Updates
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Categories to be added:
The committee is looking to adding categories specific to certain types of structures. Proposed this year:
1st Prize: Windsor High School
American Prescision Museum Building
2nd Prize: Saint Johnsbury Academy
Bramdt Hall, a dormitory on the Academy campus
Middle School Prize: Essex Middle School
the town center of Williston VT
1st Prize: Windsor High School (again!!)
Windsor Prison—(now a retirement home)
2nd Prize: Enosburg High School
Spavin Cure Building
Middle School Prize: Castleton Elementary School
The Medical College (a building on the Castleton College campus)
Special thanks to all participants and teachers for a wonderful event!