ACS students work to improve school’s design

IDEA team holds presentation on Thursday, Nov. 24

Shown are members of the Abbotsford Christian School Student IDEA Team.

Secondary students at Abbotsford Christian School (ACS) are inspiring change and taking charge of a plan to transform their school into a leading 21st century learning environment.

The ACS Student IDEA Team has been touring schools, meeting with architects and consulting with an internationally acclaimed expert on the future of education, in an effort to create an environment that will help to better prepare students for the future.

The team will present their vision for improvements to their school’s design at a presentation on Thursday, Nov. 24, starting at 8:15 a.m. at the school, 35011 Old Clayburn Rd.

The group is made up of student volunteers from Grades 8 to 12 who meet weekly to learn about innovation, design, education and architecture.

The team has even received input from a world-renowned expert on education reform, Sir Ken Robinson, with a video project they’ll be launching to promote the Learning Revolution Abbotsford on Jan. 13.

The IDEA team’s goal is to develop recommendations for a renovation of the secondary school that would offer more useful spaces for “project-based learning” and the cultivation of the core competencies of critical thinking, problem solving, communication and creativity.

Optimal spaces are considered to be more open, have more natural light and offer many more common, multi-purpose rooms for group work and presentations.

Visit thissquareinch.com/the-project for more information on the IDEA project.