My in-depth project has been going really well so far, and I’ve been working towards my end goal. For the past few weeks, I worked on creating a miniature model for the site my mentor provided me with. I was able to visit the site in person and take some photos, which helped me with the overall design. My mentor provided me with the names of certain materials I could use to build the model, so I could buy them or borrow them from my sister. I’m very grateful that I had plenty of time during spring break to work on my project, especially because it was hard to find time to visit the site in person during a regular school week.

An obstacle I have come upon would be the fact that my model must be to scale, and it was quite difficult measuring the length, width, and height I wanted my structure to be in reality. However, after some practice, the model-making process became slightly easier. It was fun to challenge myself to do something completely new.

Questions:

What kinds of learning opportunities does the mentor provide to expose you to new learning?

My mentor provided me with a real architectural design situation where my job would be the same as an architect’s. This learning opportunity makes it seem like I really am an architect, using the same resources, taking on tasks, and experiencing new working habits. He also gave me a link to his Pinterest page, along with connections to many other pages that are related to design ideas. Many of them are similar to urban planning and environmental design which are also huge parts of my in-depth project.

What kinds of learning opportunities exist to reinforce new learning?

Opportunities such as sketching lessons or regular drawing lessons could teach me useful skills for drafting out designs. There are also many learning opportunities that are connected to cardboard modelling and building structures. For example, my older sister is very experienced in creating miniature models to scale, as she took environmental and landscape design in university. If I have any struggles or need extra advice, she is always there to support me.

What kinds of opportunities exist that might accelerate learning?

Many programs such as drafting, design, and technology exist, but unfortunately most of these programs run during the summer, as summer camps. Quite a lot of the information that is required to properly construct a model can be found on the internet, in videos, or from the help of my mentor. I’ve done some research and studying, and found that many universities have programs that high school students are able to take. I am highly interested in applying to one of these programs during the summer to increase my knowledge of architectural design.

When you get together what do you talk about?

Usually the first thing we do when we get together is I present to my mentor everything I have worked on since the last time we met. I get the chance to show him my progress and things I have particularly improved on. Then my mentor gives me some critique, and suggests ways to help me develop further into my project. We can then discuss my next step, and decide what I should work on and prepare for our next meeting.

What is going particularly well in your mentoring relationship right now?

So far my mentoring relationship has been running quite smoothly. The thing that I would consider going particularly well is the fact that it is very simple to contact my mentor. Whether it is with a quick email or a meeting, we have a way of communicating efficiently and to the benefit of both of us. I’m so glad and thankful that Ms. Mulder suggested a mentor for me, because it just so happens that his wife works at Gleneagle and whenever it is necessary to meet, her room is available after school. This way, it is both a safe and easily attainable place for our meeting.

What are you learning about one another?

I enjoy my meetings with my mentor because I get to learn so much about the techniques and skills required to accomplish a certain task. However, not only do I gain knowledge, I also get to hear about my mentor’s daughters. It’s always a pleasure to get to know a bit about his personal life, so that the both of us┬ádon’t have to communicate formally all the time. I hope in the future I will get to hear about some of my mentor’s experiences while studying architecture.

Truthfully, it is hard to believe that we are already halfway through our in-depth. It feels like time is passing so quickly, I want to make sure that I learn and experience as much as I can. I’m looking forward to my own discoveries, as well as everyone else’s!