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Erick Bowen: My Studio H experience

May 24th, 2011
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By: Erick Bowen, Studio H class of 2011 After a complete school year of the Studio H architectural/design-based course, I come away with a lot of hands-on knowledge and exposure to many different ways of approaching things in life. In particular, Studio H has taught me to always approach things with a positive and creative attitude, and that can bring great things. With these skills you can and will accomplish anything. Along the way you may not always feel 100 percent sure that things are

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Kerron Hayes: My Studio H experience

May 24th, 2011
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By: Kerron Hayes, Studio H class of 2011 For my entire junior year of high school I have been taking a course known as Studio H. It is a hands-on class that is more interactive than any other class I have ever taken. Our class started with thirteen students and ended with ten. Studio H taught me something new everyday. It is a class that will teach you new skills that could possibly make your life easier and even help you become more successful than

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Jamesha Thompson: My Studio H experience

May 24th, 2011
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By: Jamesha Thompson, Studio H class of 2011 Have you traveled down Highway 17 recently and noticed a billboard that reads “Design Build Transform?” These three inspiring words are what Studio H lives by. Studio H, part of a nonprofit humanitarian organization known as Project H, is a class consisting of myself and nine other students, all from a rural area of North Carolina called Bertie County. We use hands-on learning to further develop our minds to take on real-world problems. On an interesting but

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Alexia Williams: My Studio H experience

May 24th, 2011
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By: Alexia Williams, Studio H class of 2011 You see and hear the phrase “Design, Build, Transform” around town all the time and wonder what it means. It is the motto for Studio H, a high school program in Bertie County with 10 students and 2 teachers, Matt Miller and Emily Pilloton. In this program, it’s all about designing and building things. Studio H taught me many things in life, and has made me a more active, creative, and careful person. First, I never knew

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Stevie Mizelle: My Studio H experience

May 24th, 2011
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By: Stevie Mizelle, Studio H class of 2011 If Studio H had not been formed, I would more than likely not be in high school because of lack of physical activities. In school you never do anything except sitting at a desk and walking to the next class, but I’m not like that. I was taught how to work with my hands my entire life and felt like school was a waste of time. Studio H, however, encourages hands-on activities which makes it a great

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CJ Robertson: My Studio H experience

May 24th, 2011
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By: CJ Robertson, Studio H class of 2011 Studio H uses the “Hand-to-Mind” technique, which is working with your hands in order to learn. In my opinion, everybody on the planet should take a class like this. The reason I say this is because we use our hands as tools to learn, like a pencil when you are writing things down. We have learned the fundamentals of things like welding, which can be taken and used throughout life after high school. I consider this class

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Colin White: My Studio H experience

May 24th, 2011
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By: Colin White, Studio H class of 2011 Life is full of challenges; we face them day in and day out. Challenges have become a part of our routine. I have learned to take challenges as they come, and with the help of God and support of friends and family, I make it through those challenges of life. Studio H is no different. This class always seems to present another challenge at every bend. Studio H has found its way into my heart and I

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Cameron Perry: My Studio H experience

May 24th, 2011
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By: Cameron Perry, Studio H class of 2011 Over the past nine months, I have spent fifteen hours a week in Studio H with nine other students. In Studio H I learned many things including some life lessons, and it changed my life. Studio H taught me to “keep my eye on the ball,” iterate, never give up, and think through problems. It has changed the way I approach life’s challenges. When we first started working in the shop one of the things Matt stressed

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Rodecoe Dunlow: My Studio H experience

May 24th, 2011
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By: Rodecoe Dunlow, Studio H class of 2011 In Studio H this year, I have learned many things: your first idea is usually not the best; just because you don’t think you can do something, doesn’t mean you really can’t. Just because something seems difficult does not mean it cannot be done. I have learned to never underestimate what is possible. Studio H has included many projects that seemed to be impossible to complete. The first one that comes to mind is the chicken coops.

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Anthony Johnson: My Studio H experience

May 24th, 2011
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By: Anthony Johnson, Studio H class of 2011 On the first day of school we were told that we would be taking a design and building course called Studio H. I didn’t know what to expect. We were told that we would be taught how to design and build different projects, and that we would learn how to think outside of the box. Now at the end of this year, the class has turned out to be unlike any other class I will probably ever

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Studio H is a public high school "design/build" curriculum that sparks rural community development through real-world, creative projects. By learning through a design sensibility, applied core subjects, and "dirt-under-your-fingernails" construction skills, students develop the creative capital, critical thinking, and citizenship necessary for their own success and for the future of their communities.

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