Can College Kids Help Mass. Towns Go Green?

Can College Kids Help Mass. Towns Go Green?

BCT's extension faculty member Ben Weil and his "Clean Energy Corps" students (from the BCT 597R course) were recently in the news with their efforts to make buildings more sustainable for Massachusetts' municipalities: Let Us Introduce the UMass Clean Energy Corps Ask town officials what they think in Ware. Ask them in Natick, and in Greenfield. Palmer too. These are some of the towns where the new UMass Clean Energy Corps has touched down in the few months since its founding. The Corps is a student-centered initiative focused on helping communities across the Commonwealth develop and meet their clean energy goals. It was created by UMass Clean Energy Extension, a research and outreach program that in its first two years of life has been helping transform communities and businesses into cleaner, more efficient places to live, work, and grow into the future. UMass Clean Energy Extension is a program of UMass Extension (or as it was once known, Cooperative Extension), which, for over a hundred...
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UMass Amherst Students Build Timber Grid Shell as Pop-up Exhibition on Fine Arts Center Plaza

UMass Amherst Students Build Timber Grid Shell as Pop-up Exhibition on Fine Arts Center Plaza

After a lot of work, the timber gridshell on the Fine Arts Center plaza is now finally up and open to the public. This multidisciplinary design-build project, led by BCT faculty Peggi Clouston and supported by BCT adjunct faculty John Fabel (and many others), involved many students from across UMass. You can find more information in the official press release (below) and on the accompanying website: AMHERST, Mass. – A massive and intricate wooden dome temporarily adorning the plaza of the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst was engineered and constructed by UMass students over two semesters as part of a wood design studio class. Known in technical circles as a timber grid shell, the structure is the end product  of a course taught by Peggi Clouston, associate professor in the building and construction technology program at the university. Thirty feet in diameter, the 3,500-pound shell rises to 11 feet at the center. The 52 longest laths in the...
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Schreyer’s 3D printing course featured on UMass Libraries video

Schreyer’s 3D printing course featured on UMass Libraries video

A recently published promotional video for the UMass Libary's Digital Media Lab featured BCT Program Director Alex Schreyer's Honors College seminar "Adventures in 3D Printing". It shows students from all over campus experiencing 3D printing through small hands-on projects. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NF-JE16vxSc&feature=youtu.be (Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NF-JE16vxSc) You can learn more about the UMass Library's 3D printing services here....
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BCT’s NAHB student group in the news with competition prep

BCT’s NAHB student group in the news with competition prep

BCT's NAHB student group made the news yesterday on local TV-station WWLP with a report about their competition participation at the upcoming International Builders' Show in Las Vegas. As part of the Residential Construction Management Competition, they will get to practice the managerial and technical skills they developed while studying at UMass. (Source: http://wwlp.com/2016/01/12/umass-students-to-compete-in-national-building-competition/) We wish them all the best and good luck! If you would like to learn more about the NAHB student group, visit their page on our site or contact their BCT faculty advisor, Ben Weil....
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Simi Hoque and Brian Kane talk about their Eureka! experience this summer in new video

Simi Hoque and Brian Kane talk about their Eureka! experience this summer in new video

The following video, published by UMass Media Relations, summarizes another successful summer at UMass for the Eureka! Girls Inc. group of Holyoke. BCT's Simi Hoque, who coordinated their visit to UMass, introduces the many workshops in the video. One of the workshops - on building macaroni bridges - was run by BCT graduate students Carl Fiocchi, Nariman Mostafavi, and Soroush Farzinmoghadam. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nly3IN6NRe0...
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