In the fall of 2017, freshman Alex Hildreth began Drafting I at Harvard High School. It was Alex’s first drafting class and Industrial Drafting and CAD instructor Erin Mihelich’s first year as an educator in Harvard. Alex found an immediate connection with drafting. As Alex says, drafting means “I can bring my ideas to life.”
Recognizing Alex’s talent and ability to generate ideas quickly, Mihelich encouraged him to join a team of nine Harvard students at the Illinois Design Educators Association’s county competition held on March 2. Given only 90 minutes to express his concepts effectively, Alex won first place in the category of Architectural Board Drafting.
Drafting is a graphic language used to communicate through drawing. Students at the high school create detailed mechanical drawings and architectural drafts in their classes. Mihelich explains that students learn “how to express three-dimensional objects in two dimensions.”
In the future, Alex hopes to build his own home, relying on the drafting skills he’s developed. He also plans to enroll in Mihelich’s CAD class as he continues his studies.
Having been a professional architect for over ten years, Mihelich is excited to be working in technical education as she sees an industry need for talent and career opportunities for students after high school.
On April 14 Alex will participate in the 41st Annual 2017-2018 IDEA Drafting Competition at Illinois State University.