College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Stacy Kolegraff, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


At Cal Poly construction management department’s second annual Girls Build Summer Academy for high school-aged girls, first year academy participants completed a service learning project to enhance the well-being of the turtles and tortoises at a turtle and tortoise sanctuary. In this week-long day camp, which exposed girls to various career paths within the architecture, engineering, and construction industry, girls learned all industry aspects from volunteers, construction management alumni, and camp leaders, and were provided the opportunity to safely learn and apply building construction techniques. Throughout the week, they learned about tools, materials, and safety, and applied those skills to complete both individual and team service learning projects. First year participants worked together to construct a tiered planter with a trellis for the Turtle and Tortoise Sanctuary of Arroyo Grande. This project fostered teamwork, adaptability, and problem solving. This paper describes the project’s goal and the lasting impact on the girls and the lives of the turtles and tortoises. The girls left with new skills and more excitement that they could have a future in the construction industry, with some wanting to explore a career in trades once they finished high school as a result of their camp experience.