Gulliver Academy Middle School, Miami FL
Lakeridge Junior High School, Lake Oswego, OR
McAuliffe International School, Denver, CO
Domains: Process, Learning, Content, Toolbox
Course Level: Beginner / Intermediate
Learning Units: 1 LU/HSW
Saturday, October 28, 2017 @ 2:00pm
With the intent to bring the student voice into the planning and design of exceptional learning environments, SchoolsNEXT teams from across the globe demonstrate their passion in rethinking the requisites of tomorrow’s 21st century learning environments, reaching beyond the school walls and developing solutions to global design challenges that inspire transformation in education.
Their desire to make a difference in the world is remarkable and humbling. Challenged to plan and design sustainable ad resilient learning spaces that encourage innovation, critical thinking and collaborative teamwork, these young designers have broadened the potential of a school by connecting excellence in design with excellence in education.
With their articulate division of labor, comprehensive planning process and exemplary teamwork, the students take a leap into the future. Their eco-friendly solutions not only meet the needs of students, but address the economy and society of the future. Guided by a STEAM curriculum, SchoolsNEXT teams are enabled, engaged and empowered to master the skills they need to take on the challenges of a world defined by change.
From a circular building surrounding a “forest” in the middle replete with treehouse science rooms, using nature aesthetically as part of the design cycle, to employing solar panels as bus shelters, focusing on sustainable technologies such as wind turbines, base isolators, natural ventilation, green roofs pollinator-friendly plants, community gardens and future earthquake resilience, the students envision a future that will indeed change the face of education.