Engaging youth in the St. Louis community in architecture, art, and design is essential to building a pipeline of students interested in taking on the challenges of the world through creative practice. The programs below connect Sam Fox School students and faculty with youth from the St. Louis region.
The Alberti Program-Architecture for Young People allows St. Louis students grades 4 through 8 to explore architecture and design through hands-on learning. This program operates as a day camp in the summer; students from diverse socioeconomic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds take part each year.
Design Connection (formerly WashUCity) is a design partnership that was initiated in 2002 between the Sam Fox School and University City High School, a nearby public high school. Sam Fox School students, many of whom are undergraduates majoring in communication design, teach within the Advanced Graphics class at UCHS over the course of several planned visits during the semester.
University Collaboration: College Prep Program
Washington University’s College Prep Program is a no-cost, three-year immersive learning experience that serves to successfully prepare first-generation college students for college life and beyond.
Second-year College Prep participants take Design Thinking: An Approach to Problem Solving, which provides an overview of approaches to design thinking.