Picture-perfect homes

The houses of New Howard Beach are going back to school.

At PS 232 last Wednesday, the second-graders showed off the collages they made based on the design and architecture of the neighborhood — part of an unusual STEAM program called ArchForKids. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics.

The classes show kids how to break down buildings into their basic shapes and proportions, explained Kathryn Slocum, director of ArchForKids.

She calls it a “hands-on, minds-on approach” to learning about design using the standout homes from the area around the school.

— Michael Shain