Learning happens everywhere – a pre-pandemic philosophy adopted by Gowan Science Academy (GSA) that’s proven itself repeatedly since March of last year, when COVID-19 turned the world of education on its axis with school closures and remote learning.

In the spirit of further breaking the mold of traditional classrooms, a $115,000 innovation grant from A for Arizona will allow the school to build an outdoor learning hub. Designed to be a three-sided structure that “feels classroom-like in open outdoor air,” the space will boast picnic-style tables clustered in “work pods” to accommodate 30 or so students at a time.

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