High school and middle school students from around the state researched and recreated 3D models of historic buildings in their towns. The teams gave multimedia presentations to accompany their printed 3D models to judges with backgrounds in historic preservation, architecture, and technology. Windsor students included (left to right in photo) Serene Martin, Brianna Diggs, Vincent Moeykens, Asa Gaddis, Alexander Townsend, and Maurice Day. They worked with coaches Aaron Day, Windsor High School and Sarah Rooker, American Precision Museum to create models of Windsor’s former Vermont State Prison. The students created a website about the project which includes a wonderful timeline.
To prepare their presentation, the students toured the building, researched the history, interviewed former prison employees, and learned to model in Sketchup. After modeling the current buildings, they took the project one step further and modeled the original 1809 building using historical documents for reference. Bringing a building back that had disappeared through time impressed the judges, along with the team’s skillful Sketchup abilities and understanding of history.