As COVID-19 continues on, schools are looking to creative classroom solutions--including outdoor learning opportunities--as they reopen

How outdoor learning spaces lead to STEM engagement


As COVID-19 continues on, schools are looking to creative classroom solutions--including outdoor learning opportunities--as they reopen

A new sustainable outdoor learning space is giving students in California an engaging opportunity for STEM learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In late April, Thousand Oaks High School in the Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) and Schneider Electric, a global energy and sustainability company, unveiled a first-of-its-kind Sustainable Outdoor Learning Environment (SOLE)–a solar-powered, state-of-the-art interactive learning space for boosting STEM education and providing a safe outdoor classroom.

As school districts of all sizes across the country look for innovative ways to meet health advisories to safely open and remain open, implementing a SOLE can provide districts with a safe alternative to traditional classrooms while providing a bespoke, sustainable and dynamic learning experience for their students.

What’s more, as more federal and state stimulus funding becomes available to schools, this is an example of an innovative solution districts can invest in through strategic application of such funding.

Laura Ascione

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