CORNING - More than 60 students from area middles schools took park in the final showcase event for the Architectural Awareness Program Tuesday at the Corning Museum of Glass Auditorium.

Cindy Dubots, event spokesman, said the middle schools participating in the program presented eight architectural projects to their peers, teachers, parents, architects and invited guests. Following the presentations, projects were on display and the students were available to answer questions.

The Architectural Awareness Program is a collaborative effort between the Career Development Council, the American Institutes of Architects, The Triangle Fund, Corning Inc. and Hunt Engineers, Architects and Surveyors.

Dubots said the event has been in existence for more than 20 years.

The program is open to Chemung, Steuben, Schuyler area middle schools. The participating schools Tuesday included Addison Middle School, Bradford Central School, Cohen Middle School, Elmira Broadway Academy, Ernie Davis Academy, Spencer Van-Etten and Waverly Middle School.

The focus of the program is to teach middle school students about the field of architecture by involving them in adaptive reuse design project on a building within their community, Dubots said. Each school group is partnered with a local architect who, along with their teacher, acts as a mentor throughout the project.

The students complete a final building design project, which may be in the form of a model, drawings, digital slideshow presentation, research paper and much more, officials said. The project was showcased at the final event.