It’s August which means summer is over and school is in session! As Arizona students head back to school, students in Marana, Arizona are headed to a brand-new K-8 CSTEM School. The Dove Mountain K-8 CSTEM School opened it’s doors on August 5th! We celebrated with a grand opening on July 23rd where future students, their families and the community got to tour the new school first-hand and be apart of the ribbon cutting ceremony!
Dove Mountain will create a hands-on learning environment for students with its maker spaces, outdoor learning, AR/VR spaces, science labs, and lessons based in Computer Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (CSTEM). Not only will Dove Mountain provide hands-on learning, but the school itself provides an exploratory, creative, hands-on learning environment through its design.
The unique school building design is a celebration of student-driven learning and making. Classrooms have direct access to exterior outdoor learning areas. This site-responsive building acts as a teaching tool, highlighting the natural ecosystems of the site and respecting the natural landscape.
The kindergarten through eighth-grade school for Marana Unified School District integrates computer science, technology, engineering, and math (CSTEM) into every class and subject taught. It will expose students to practical hands-on lessons, which have direct relevance to real-world challenges. The kindergarten through fifth-grade students are introduced to CSTEM subject matter using experimentation, while grades sixth through eighth have the opportunity to focus deeper on CSTEM concepts that peek their interest. This natural curiosity about the world can develop into a lasting interest in these fields. The school building design is a celebration of student-driven learning and making. Large, highly visible and collaborative maker spaces line the heart of the building, the Arroyo, fostering student awareness of the work being done by their peers. All classrooms at each grade level will have direct access to their exterior outdoor learning area, which allows students to “get their hands dirty” with classroom projects. Common student areas and circulation are crafted to allow for some separation between elementary and middle school students while maintaining connectivity and a sense of community.
We’re honored to be part of this new state-of-the-art school for Marana students!