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Landscape Architecture Meets Robotics with ASLA

Photo source: Tania Shand, DMV NSBE, Jr

 The future of landscape architecture is bright with emerging stars like the six-member team of the DMV National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Jr. Chapter. ASLA is proud to partner with NSBE to support the team who tackled intersections between landscape architecture and robotics at the VEX IQ Competition.

The team of middle school students, or S.T.E.A.M Stars, developed designs for an accessible, sustainable playground on the campus of Howard University in the District of Columbia. The project focus was for students to learn about the relationship among the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. Each season the competition features one of the fields by providing the students with an opportunity to learn more about how it relates to robotics and how these lessons have a practical application in their lives.

The S.T.E.A.M. Stars won the STEM Research Project Award at the DC State Championship. Using robotic equipment, the team investigated how we use math in the design process and determine if the playground meets ADA requirements (measuring the slope of a slide and dimensions of the site, sidewalks, and playground equipment).


After the competition, Adrienne McCray, ASLA, Senior Associate at Lee and Associates, hosted the S.T.E.A.M. Stars at the ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture to reinforce how landscape architects approach the design process with civil engineers using her firm’s NoMa Swampoodle Park project.

ASLA looks forward to future opportunities to support NSBE and its members.

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