AIA South Jersey Shares a Sweet Treat With the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City

July 6, 2022

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AIA South Jersey Member Chaser P. Gaffney, AIA, Measures a Structure in the Competition

AIA South Jersey Shares a Sweet Treat With the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City

On Friday, June 3 rd , 2022, the South Jersey section of the American Institute of Architects New Jersey Chapter held a spaghetti marshmallow challenge with the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City at their teen center at 317 N. Pennsylvania Avenue. As part of their mission to promote architecture through education, advocacy and service, Several AIA SJ members came out to volunteer their time and guide teams through the design challenge.

Check out footage from the event HERE! 

Prior to the challenge, they discussed some architectural and structural basics, the architect’s role in the built environment, and the importance of teamwork and prototyping.

The Boys and Girls club shared photos HERE
AIA members who participated include, in no particular order:
Michael W. Salerno, AIA
Austin J. Gerber III, AIA
John M. DeRichie III, AIA
Jeffrey V. Thomas, Assoc. AIA
Joyce M. Scatuccio, Assoc. AIA
Chaser P. Gaffney, AIA
Stephen J. Fenwick, AIA
Lawrence Merighi, AIA
Philip A. Giambri, AIA
Jon Stein, Allied Member

Over 30 kids participated in the event. Broken down into 9 teams, they had 30 minutes to build a tower out of no more than 20 pieces of raw spaghetti and 20 mini marshmallows. The tallest tower that could support a ping pong ball would win.

At the completion of the build, prizes were awarded to the 1 st place team and runner-up. Fun was had by all!

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