Saratoga Springs City SD Project Based Learning Center
Saratoga Springs, NY
The Project Based Learning Center at Saratoga Springs High School is not your typical classroom space. Designed as a 21st Century learning space, the renovation transformed the 4,200 square foot faculty area and adjacent classroom into a collaborative, flexible learning environment. The District wanted a space that could adapt to any group and any application. To meet these needs, the space was designed as a large open classroom space with an adjacent maker space.
The open classroom can be configured to accommodate large group presentations, traditional lecture style classes, small breakout groups, and individual study. The space has a large two-story space in the center with two one-story spaces on each side. The two one-story spaces can each be used for traditional thirty student classes, two smaller fifteen student classes, many small groups or individual study. The two story space in the center can accommodate large group presentations, classes, or be used as breakout space. Mobile furniture makes it easy to transform the space to suit the needs of the user. Utilizing soft seating, counter height seating, and desks and chairs, the space expands its uses beyond a typical classroom. Integrating technology was a key aspect in making the 21st century learning space successful. Each of the one-story areas utilizes led monitors as well as marker boards to provide a versatile teaching environment. With many teachers integrating laptops, tablets, and smart phones in their lessons, it was important to incorporate these in the design. Collaborative technology throughout the space allows teachers and students to easily connect to the monitors and the large projector. The learning environment encourages individual contributions and interactive teaching and learning.
The maker space provides a work area for creative exploration. Designed to accommodate a variety of hands-on activities, the maker space has large mobile work tables, electric pull reels, material storage and a sink. Similar to the open classroom area, the makerspace is designed as to adapt to the needs of any group.
The Project Based Learning Center provides a flexible, collaborative, and interactive learning environment that teachers and students are both excited to use. Beyond the classroom, the District also uses the space for other activities such as board meetings and networking events. It has become a showcase space for 21st century learning at Saratoga Springs High School.×