STEAM LEARNING CENTER
STEAM Education has transformed the way educators and designers approach student learning.
At the start of a new project, one question that is asked across all districts is “Where do we see the future of education going for our students?” Most of the time, the answer is to create a flexible learning environment that promotes collaboration, active learning, and provides access to technology. At the start of any renovation or new construction project, conversations should occur with architects and designers about what these flexible learning environments look like and how they fit into the district’s educational model. By embracing these new learning cultures, facilities can be tailor-made to promote student engagement. Many times, this can result in the integration of design concepts that mirror higher education and corporate work environments such as transparent and flexible spaces of varying sizes to encourage independent work and spontaneous collaboration – skills that students need to develop to be successful in the 21st century workforce.
WHERE IS THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION GOING?
One of the highlights of the current capital project at Groton Central School District includes the complete renovation of a wing at the Junior-Senior High School to allow for a STEAM learning center to be placed in the building. This would allow students to take courses and gain skills necessary for a 21st Century workforce, in an instructional setting that is focused on project-based learning. Such courses could include Robotics, Computer Aided Design, Computer Coding classes, alternative energy courses, and basic building trades courses (e.g. electricity, woodworking), just to name a few.
THe project will provide the District with the opportunity to be a satellite STEAM academy for the TST-BOCES region.
Location: Groton, NY
Renderings: Ashley McGraw Architects