2022 Summer Experience – Designing a Bench in Honor of Art Schwarzschild, A Friend of the Barrier Islands Center – Post by Foster Kimple EDI’22

From left to right, Foster Kimple, David Symthe, and James Wilson working on their design of the Barrier Islands Center bench.

After arriving and settling into our awesome lodge – an upgrade from Leadership Lab – at Kiptopeke State Park, we were introduced to our projects that our cohort will be working on for the week. Our cohort split into two groups; each group will design and build a helpful item for the Barrier Islands Center, here on the Eastern Shore.

My group will design and build a bench in memoriam of Art Schwarzschild, a UVA Professor of Engineering and friend of the Barrier Islands Center, and the others will make a lego table. We went to different parts of the lodge and started planning. We decided to make a basic, scale model of the bench out of popsicle sticks and hot glue. After planning and tweaking our prototype, we purchased supplies at the OBS hardware store, picking up 13 2×4 wood planks to make our bench that should hold 4 people.  

From Left to Right, Foster Kimple EDI’22, James Wilson EDI’22, and David Smythe EDI’22 is pictured with their popsicle prototype of a wooden bench in memoriam of Art Schwarzschild, UVA Professor of Engineering and a friend to the Barrier Islands Center on the Eastern Shore, VA.

Stay tuned for an update on this project and look for posts about the other project for the Barrier Islands Center – the lego table.

-Foster Kimple