School Buildings Connecting with Students Through Interactive Learning Opportunities

2:15 PM
 3:15 PM


As school planners and building design professionals, we have the power to influence our communities and the users of our buildings for years to come. It is for us to determine if this influence is static or dynamic. Especially designing for education buildings, where spaces have the sole purpose of being used to teach, the question we often ask ourselves is: can the building itself be a resource for learning and teaching? The school district, staff, architects and engineers got together in school projects to determine the many ways we can connect the building with the students through interactive hands on learning tools such as windmill and solar panel installations with digital displays, rainwater collection tanks with visible gauges, human sundials allowing students to tell time with their shadows, digital dashboards that actively show building’s performance and efficiency features and graphics that constantly connect students with their local landscape. Interactive and live learning opportunities keep students engaged and hands-on learning is known to have a much larger impact on student’s understanding of concepts. By incorporating them in the school environment, we are ensuring that many students can take advantage of these tools for the lifetime of the building. Presenters will discuss how these tools are a great resource that can be shared with the community and other schools within the district for active learning at various age levels.

#1: Participants will be able to learn about an integrated process where school district professionals, architects and engineers came together to design dynamic learning tools.
#2: Participants will be able to see examples of dynamic tools that were used in various school projects.
#3: Participants will be able to learn how these tools can be used to make connections with other schools and the community.
#4: Participants will learn how various building features have helped enhance school curriculums.  

Design of Educational Facilities: Acts as a resource to the design team in providing ongoing guidance and support to ensure that the emerging and ultimate design aligns with the established community vision, education goals, future programming, written design standards, best/next practices and education policy. 

Educational Facility Pre-Design Planning: Manages a master planning process that combines educational planning, facilities assessment and utilization, demographic research, capital planning and educational specifications with a community-based vision to establish a plan for learning environments. This includes the ability to translate existing or aspirational instructional models to specific programming and spatial relationships.

Shivani Langer, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, Principal, Stantec
Shivani is a is a LEED and WELL Accredited Senior Project Architect/Project Manager and Regional Sustainability Leader with over 18 years of experience including 12 years of experience in Educational facility design. Since her post graduate degree in Sustainable Design in 2003, she has been promoting high performance and sustainability goals in all projects. She has worked with many school districts and higher education clients throughout Texas on a variety of project types and sizes. 

Craig Wilson, Director of Digital Learning, Temple ISD
Craig began his career as a fourth grade teacher over 20 years ago in Houston. Throughout his journey, he has served Texas and Michigan as a teacher, Instructional Technology Specialist, Elementary Curriculum Coordinator, and most recently as a principal for 12 years. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master's in Education Administration from the University of Houston, and a Superintendent Certificate from Texas A&M University Central Texas.

Zachary Schneider, PE, LEED AP, LC, CxA Electrical Engineer, CMTA, Inc.
Zachary joined CMTA in August of 2002 and helped start CMTA’s Houston office in 2009. He has served as the lead electrical engineer for many high performing schools in Kentucky and Texas. He has also served as the project manager on numerous ENERGY STAR and LEED projects. Utilizing his LC certification, Zachary has become an expert in daylight harvesting, lighting controls and low power density lighting design.

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