A form of informal education, ACE does not mandate a fixed curriculum or formally measure students’ mastery of a prescribed body of knowledge or skills. Rather, mentors follow a general programmatic model and draw upon a tested body of hands-on activities which reflect many aspects of designing and constructing a building.
The following compendium includes “plug-and-play” activities and other materials from many affiliates. Mentors are free to modify them to their needs or use them as a source of inspiration to create entirely new activities.
Affiliates and mentors are encouraged to submit new activities and materials for possible inclusion here.
Building a team requires students getting to know each other and build relationships. Likewise, mentors should develop connections with students. Use the ice breakers in this section to get the conversation started!
The North Dallas chapter of the Dallas/Fort Worth affiliate has successfully used this game as an icebreaker activity. It consists of 8 different activities. Teams of students compete to see who finishes the race first. The purpose of the game is to build teamwork and introduce students, in very broad and elementary terms, to a few aspects of the design and construction industry.
It is not necessary to use all 8 activities to operate the game. Indeed, some affiliates may choose to use only one activity as an icebreaker.