The Alpha Bee Project
In Spring 2014, 12 students from Alpha High School in Gresham, Oregon participated in Pacific Northwest College of Art's Creative Conservation Corps (CCC), an 8-week, hands-on design education program that introduces students to fundamental design and visual communication processes including prototyping, critique, and fabrication. Students discussed issues around sustainability, ecosystems, and community-centered design. They learned and put into practice principles of biomimicry, geometry, and cartography to study their campus environs and to design and build an octagonal apiary with a green-roof.
PNCA’s Creative Conservation Corps empowers high-school students to be primary investigators in community-focused craft and design projects that connect hands-on work to creative careers in multiple fields. Students and alumni from the BFA and MFA programs at Pacific Northwest College of Art serve as the program’s instructors, mentors, and specialists.
This video was filmed, directed, and edited by Halley Roberts with help from student Andrew Ostrom. Student interviews conducted and filmed by Alpha High School students with direction from Halley Roberts. Animation from student Michael McCaffery.
This project is made possible by the Oregon Arts Commission’s initiative "Connecting Students to the World of Work" which builds bridges for underserved students to the world of work, especially to artistic/creative career fields.