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Penrhos College challenges classical educational spaces by investing in innovative design

Learning environments are places in which creativity and innovation must be at the center. A recent article in Business Wire looks at how Penrhos College is designing their STEM spaces for the evolving needs of their students.New materials and technologies were used in order to create ‘contemporary inspirational environments’.

"The overarching objective of the project was to create an inspirational teaching and learning environment for STEM subjects and STEM-related areas by providing a versatile and flexible learning space that is resilient to future change and supportive of fast-evolving pedagogy”.

Another major objective of this investment is to encourage female students to have confidence in what they do despite pursuing a career that, in many cases, is male dominated. How to inspire? By providing spaces and facilities that help students to collaborate, experiment, build and learn.

“The role that single-sex education plays in encouraging girls to challenge the satus quo and feel empowered to pursue their passions and their dreams cannot go unnoticed. Research shows that girls benefit from learning environments where there are no expectations og them to fulfil traditional gender stereotypes in the subjects they study, the activities they participate in or the careers they pursue”.

Some of the new STEM spaces include:

  • Multifunctional labs

  • Break-out collaboration spaces

  • Amphitheatre-style presentation space (that supports live-streaming of lectures and long distance learning).

  • Outdoor lab

  • Rooftop deck with views over the city.

At MKThink, our teams are working with schools to help them reopen in the way they want to, including by providing guidance on how to create learning environments that generate well-being and that encourage learning in a more creative way. To find out more please contact us.

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