We started today with two awesome presenters Martha Pelligrino and Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward. We explored the levels of government (city, county, state, and federal) and their responsibilities. There is not a definite trend, but it is safe to say that the state government manages “things” and the county manages the needs of the “people”. We also learned that while the levels of government work together, if an issue does not get solved at a higher level of government, it will get pushed down until it gets solved. That means some issues do not get a solution. The presenters also mentioned the possible ways that youth can participate and learn about local issues. One of them being to meet with local government leaders in coffee shops.
After that, we headed to Hacker Architects where we had a speedy lunch under the carefully designed roof of their building. Our main task at Hacker was to design an all function gymnasium that was to surpass the usual presumptions of school gymnasiums. First, we brainstormed the purposes of gyms as a whole, then split up into groups of three where we designed and presented our finished gymnasiums. The point of the project was to realize how everything was designed with intention and the impact it has on its surroundings.