Interior design students volunteer at career expo event

October 8th, 2015 Comments Off on Interior design students volunteer at career expo event

Students from the Mississippi State University Interior Design Program participated in “Imagine the Possibilities,” a career expo. for Northeast Mississippi 8th graders sponsored by Create’s Toyota Wellspring Education Fund.

The event was held Oct. 6-7 at the BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo, and the MSU students volunteered in the interiors booth within the Architecture and Construction Pathway, one of 18 pathways at the event.

At the Architecture South-sponsored booth, 8th grade students drew a type of space out of a bowl, such as a library, high-end restaurant, etc. Then, they were challenged to select finishes to try to depict that space.

Interior design student volunteers were: Joy Bottom, Daniella Bower, Staci Dorsey, Liz Grantham, Victoria Owchar and Martina Walker.

MSU-sponsored projects included:

  • Listen with Legos
    Goal: To show the importance of teamwork and communication between architects and construction professionals
    Task: One student served as the architect and had the directions and diagram. The other student served as the constructor and had to listen to the architect’s instructions to put together the set as quickly as possible.
  • Giant Jenga
    (A big hit!) Built by Building Construction Science students at Mississippi State University … because, why not?!
    “It’s the classic block-stacking, stack-crashing game of JENGA! How will you stack up against the law of gravity? Stack the wooden blocks in a sturdy tower, then take turns pulling out blocks one by one until the whole stack crashes down. Is your hand steady enough to pull out the last block before the tower collapses? If it is, you’ll win at JENGA!”
  • Pop-up Houses
    Students were given a house “plan” and were tasked with putting together the house. They were sent home with the challenge of putting together a pop-up MSU Chapel of Memories designed by an architecture professor at MSU.
  • Sharpen Your Sketchup Skills
    Students were allowed to try their skills at Google Sketchup with some help from MSU volunteers.

See more about the event and photos at or on social media with the hashtag #itp2015.

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