Outdated science classrooms transformed into a center for STEM learning
Hillbrook School’s new science center is the epitome of the third teacher—the theory that children develop through interactions—first with adults, second with peers, and third with the learning environment. Whiteboard panels and walls painted with dry-erase paint make every vertical surface writable. Rulers and compasses are embedded in the floor for tactile learning. The ceiling is outfitted with unistrut to display models and student work. The Science Center is an essential tool in advancing the STEM curriculum. The Maker Hub (Fall 2019) is the school’s art and design equivalent. The two spaces operate in tandem to physically anchor the school’s integrated, inquiry-based curriculum.