There’s a brief article here about how a school district is using new schools for “hands-on learning.” The author interviews a district official who describes the process this way:
“I got to show them how to use machinery to level the ground before pouring concrete and how to place rebar to reinforce it,” he said. “They got to see how to use heavy machinery to move steel beams.” Whitener said seeing the processes in person is better than looking at a photo, reading about them or even watching a video. “It puts it more into a real life perspective,” he said. “Until they experience it for themselves, some might never fully grasp it.”
What a great project! One goal for our eventual school will be to use the school design process as a giant learning experience, a super-project, where students and faculty will cooperatively design and, as much as possible, participate in building.