ISPE SF Bay Area Chapter - Chocolate Factory Community Outreach Activity

Together with volunteers from CRB Consulting Engineers, Inc., two Paradigm engineers participated in ISPE San Francisco / Bay Area Chapter's largest ever community outreach effort to South San Francisco grade school students. The Chocolate Factory event exposed 4th grade students to various scientific and engineering principles required to build their own "chocolate factories." Over sixty volunteers representing six companies participated in the event.

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26th Annual Leap Sandcastle Classic

The Leap Sandcastle Classic, a fun-spirited competition between teams of architects, engineers, contractors, designers and local elementary school students, is Northern California’s largest sandcastle building event. This event enables Leap to team up artists and architects to develop hands-on, participatory programs for the specific classroom and to integrate the arts and architecture into the school’s curriculum.

For this year’s 26th Annual event Paradigm teamed with HOK, Hensel Phelps, Pivot Interiors, Herman Miller, and the 5th graders of Claire Lillenthal Elementary School.

Based on the theme, “Stories in the Sand: Classic Children’s Books,” our team chose to base our sandcastle on the much loved children’s book and just released animated feature, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.”

In preparation for the October 3rd event, Paradigm engineers joined architects from HOK on school visits to Claire Lillenthal to collaborate with the 5th grade classes on ideas and strategy. The winning idea was a San Francisco version of the book, with a design that included an ice-cream cone-enveloped Golden Gate Bridge and a pancake-covered Alcatraz Island –all in a Bay of giant noodles.

Everyone pitched in to turn the idea, dubbed “Foggy with a Chance of Ice-Cream,” into a sandcastle reality during a lively 4 hour Saturday building competition on Ocean Beach. At the end of the day, our team walked away with the top award in the “Most Creative” category.

Leap, a local nonprofit organization, was established in response to severe cuts in California arts-education funding. The organization strives to preserve endangered arts curricula by bringing visual and performing artists and architects into classrooms for extended residencies that foster children’s creative energy. The Sandcastle Classic, Leap’s major annual fundraising event, is open to the public, free of charge, and supported by the local construction industry. Thousands of people come to Ocean Beach watch the event every year.

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