"A Best Firm to Work For"– ZweigWhite
We are excited that Tulsa Regional Chamber's Kuma Browne, program manager for education and workforce, connected us with KSQ Architects, which has offices in New York, North Carolina, Texas Oklahoma, and Colorado. The Oklahoma and New York locations are the only KSQ offices currently active with mentoring efforts.
The ACE Mentor Program is highly regarded by the New York staff. Not only is the staff focused and committed on K-12 design and supporting K-12 students, but its ACE Mentor Program uniquely involves multiple professional construction disciplines and employees of various levels to work together with students through ALL phases of a design build. To learn more about the ACE Mentor Program, see http://www.acementor.org/.
Although Oklahoma does not have an official ACE Program affiliate, the Tulsa KSQ office adapts and applies the ACE Mentor Program's best practices plus much innovation in K-12 efforts and outreach as a member of Tulsa's outstanding Partners in Education (PIE) program.
Click on the links below for photos and entertaining descriptions of the activities from KSQ's online publication.
KSQ's Oklahoma office in the past year has:
- Hosted a STEM program at KSQ offices for students at Lee Elementary
- Performed pro-bono work for Discover Lee
- Taken KSQ's 2nd annual Project Classroom to Kendall-Whittier
- Celebrated Earth Day at Eisenhower International School
- Celebrated National Library Week at All Saints Catholic School in Broken Arrow
- A staff member working with students as part of U.S. Green Building Council’s Green Classroom program
KSQ in the future will
- Participate in a Lego program in support of STEM education with 4th & 5th graders at Eisenhower International School
About five architects in KSQ's Tulsa office speak native/fluent Spanish, and we have found, especially with the women architects, that they have the unique ability to greatly inspire young ESL students in local K-12 schools. For the upcoming Eisenhower event, a female architect will lead the Lego STEM project entirely in Spanish.Thanks to Holly Beal for filling in the gaps about her company's K-12 outreach in Tulsa.
Personal communication, 11-12-14