Summer 2022 Spaces4Learning

Summer 2022


Features

student pulling a gun out of a backpack

Campus Safety

Sitting Ducks Are For Carnivals—Not Schools

By Dennis Truxler


The Mapleton Arts Center exterior entrance

Theaters/Performing Arts

All The World's A Stage

The Mapleton Arts Center (The MAC) in Denver, Colo.

By Abby Collins, Seth Clark

Given the history of performing arts excellence in Mapleton, the district has committed to investing even more heavily in these programs by planting a legacy performing arts center to serve as a district-wide icon. Named The Mapleton Arts Center (The MAC), the building supports nearly 1,000 students across the district involved in Mapleton’s performing arts programs.


elementary students using ClassVR

A/V Technology

A Picture Is Worth More Than A Thousand Words

By Matt Jones

Imagine being transported to the deepest regions of space, or the nucleus of a cell, or the interior of a human heart. Imagine visiting the Great Wall of China, or Victorian-era London, or the Wright Brothers’ first flight at Kitty Hawk in 1903. Reading about them is one thing; seeing them all around you is something else entirely. One educational virtual reality solution from Avantis Systems aims to provide students with experiences that they—or anyone—would never be able to see in real life.


Columns

The Thacher School walk through area with study nook

Evidence-Based Design

Opening the Doors to Evidence-Based Design In Ojai, California

By Tysen Gannon


STEM education project-based learning workshop space

Project-Based Learning

Hands-On Learning Spaces: 5 Lessons From Career Tech

By Bobby Williams


college students basement apartment living area

Campus Technology

An Escape Room for Building Digital Skills

By Rhea Kelly

At Pennsylvania's Northampton Community College, students are engaging with cutting-edge technologies in a basement "apartment" designed to boost digital literacy and job skills.


castle inside classroom area

Project-Based Learning

Ohio District Builds $52 Million Campus through Partnerships with Local Community, University

By John Stoddard


School Bus

Transportation

How School Districts Can Use Unprecedented Federal Funding to Transition to Electric Buses

By Gilbert Rosas

Amid economic concerns like rising gas prices and inflation impacting American communities and resources, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is bringing a bright spot to school districts across the country. The agency recently announced a new $5 billion fund, available immediately, to purchase clean school bus fleets and lessen reliance on diesel fuel.


Editor's Note

Seeing the Forest for the Trees

By Matt Jones

It’s the dog days of summer, and there’s not a lot going on in the world of education—on the surface.


teacher pointing at computer screen in front of student

A/V Technology

Transforming Classrooms into Active Learning Environments

Q&A with a School Principal

By Matt Jones

Mark Hess, principal at Mary Helen Guest Elementary School in the Walled Lake Consolidated School District in Walled Lake, Mich., recently led the school through a new remodel that included transforming classrooms into active learning environments.


Rethinking Sports Facilities / Campus Amenities

Considering Spill Light at Campus Athletic Facilities

Although each piece of the project had its own unique set of challenges and considerations, the design and implementation of the outdoor lighting for the athletic field was particularly complex. The new lighting would need to be bright enough to allow activities and competitions to take place at night but regulated to the point where there would not be an excess of spill lighting that negatively affected those that lived in the nearby neighborhood.


Departments

Fountain Inn High School advanced manufacturing space

Building Blueprints

Partnerships to Pipeline: A New Model for High Schools

Fountain Inn High School, Greenville, South Carolina

By Aimee Eckmann, Steven Turckes


The University of Saint Joseph exterior at dusk

Facility Focus

University Of Saint Joseph Expands O'Connell Athletic Center

By James LaPosta

The University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, Conn., engaged JCJ Architecture to renovate and expand the school’s existing O’Connell Athletic Center into a flexible, multi-sport arena and venue to accommodate existing and new university programs.