Jeep DLAMMS Student Designers

Jeep Pros Give DLAMMS Students a Crash Course in Car Design
Posted on 06/04/2018
Art class students design cars

They may be too young to legally drive, but the 7th graders at Dual Language & Arts Magnet Middle School are proving to be quite the automotive designers and engineers.

In May, the school held a Skype conversation with Tim Anness, the Design Director for Jeep. Anness and designer Alex Tannen shared insights on creating sleek cars and SUVs, challenging the students to flex their creativity as well as their technological expertise to create exciting designs.

The 7th grade has undertaken a STEAM initiative that melds arts and technology components. The students used their knowledge of engineering and aerodynamics to draw concepts for their own car designs. They then sculpted the cars out of clay and will paint the final products, which will be on display at the school’s Art Show and Capstone Night on Monday, June 11, from 6-7 p.m.

Art teacher Shannon Duggan collaborated with instructional technology coach Jeff Giliberto on the initiative, which peaked with the call with the Jeep team. Duggan said the entire class has shown great enthusiasm for the project despite the fact that they are all too young to drive.

“The students returned to the classroom with inspiration and ideas from the Jeep interview, and immediately applied this enthusiasm to their work,” Duggan said. “I am thrilled to see the immediate impact of this project.”

In addition to the Art Show, Duggan is hopeful that local car dealerships will display the student-designed car sculptures in showrooms.