One of our main goals at CHASSE is to incorporate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and PBL (Project Based Learning) into the student’s curriculum when working on a school campus. We love the idea of integrating hands-on learning into the students day-to-day education and exposing students, as young as Kindergarten, to the world of construction! Partnering with Tempe Elementary School District, we incorporated STEM and PBL lessons into the curriculum at Frank Elementary and plan to do the exact same at Wood Elementary school.
During the construction of Frank Elementary, the students worked with the Avid and CHASSE teams to provide input and help design their outdoor learning spaces including a courtyard and an outdoor amphitheater. Now, students from Wood Elementary are going through the same process! In October, students from Wood bussed over to Frank to talk with Frank students, the architect team and the construction team about the construction process and how they can help design their own outdoor learning spaces. The visit included a tour of Frank and of course, some time to play on the playground!
Check out the photos below for a look at our day!