Juniper Hill sign project

Lincoln Academy Computer Aided Design (CAD) students presented their proposed designs for a new sign for Juniper Hill School on a recent field trip. Back Row: Amir Mukhametkarim, Joel Hatch, Anne Simpson, Andrew Mai, LA Academic Technology Coordinator Stephanie Cheney, Elli Hunt, Matt Leeman, Shawn St. Cyr, Cody William York. Front Row: Juniper Hill School Director Anne Stires, Keith Grant.

Students in Shawn St. Cyr’s Computer Aided Design (CAD) class recently visited Juniper Hill School in Alna to present the signs they designed for the school’s entrance.

Anne Stires, Director of Juniper Hill School, put out a call to the community for assistance in creating a sign after the original was damaged in the windstorm last October. The LA CAD class used the opportunity to put their new CAD skills into action. As part of their class assignments, each student designed a sign that if selected, would welcome students and visitors to Juniper Hill.

Students printed prototypes of their designs at half-scale using Lincoln Academy’s CNC Router in the ATEC building’s wood shop. They explained their process and design principles during a recent visit to Juniper Hill School.

“This was a great chance for students to use their skills to create a real product in service to the community,” said St. Cyr. LA students enjoyed the visit to Juniper Hill where they toured the yurt classrooms and learned about the place-based philosophy of education.

“We are grateful for the collaboration with Lincoln Academy design students in creating a new sign for Juniper Hill School,” said Stires. “It is one example of the many ways that both schools practice place-based and community studies. There is a core element of care here; when they visited Juniper Hill School, the LA students got to see how ‘elementary school could be’ while our school got to see high school students/learners who are giving back to their community.”

Juniper Hill staff and faculty will soon select their favorite design which will be printed on barn board provided by Juniper Hill and installed at the entrance to the school.