Learning By Design

With support from the Shaker Schools Foundation and our donors, the District was able to move full STEAM ahead by implementing three dedicated design labs for hands-on learning and exploration at Lomond, Boulevard and Woodbury elementary schools. 

Learning by Design

The three new elementary design labs are bright, fun, engaging spaces that foster creativity, collaboration, and self-initiated inquiry. Teachers can use the space to support science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics curricula that are appropriate for each grade level. Students can enjoy technology-driven media creation, electronics and circuit building, coding, robotics, and project-based learning using design thinking models. 

Jakecia Durham, a Shaker parent and designer who helped design the labs, loves how “every piece of furniture and fixture provides multiple functions to make use of the space.”  For example, Lego tables can be used in a drop-down position for assembly, or positioned upright to be used as dry erase boards. Nesting tables with dry-erase tops can be moved together for large group collaborations, or separated for small group sessions. The acoustic panels not only absorb sound, but also serve as pinup space for students’ ideas. 


And as a parent, says Durham, ”I can’t wait for my children to be able to explore their own design inquiries, not only with technology, but also with stations that encourage manual tinkering and imagination.”