'Innovation Center' opens at Carol Stream School

  • The Library Learning Center at Carol Stream School has been converted into a more modern Innovation Center.

    The Library Learning Center at Carol Stream School has been converted into a more modern Innovation Center. Courtesy of Carol Stream Elementary District 93

 
By Ryan McPherrin
Carol Stream Elementary District 93
Posted8/24/2016 1:30 PM

Kindergarten through fifth-grade students at Carol Stream School will have some improved learning opportunities this school year after crews completely renovated the Library Learning Center over the summer and turned it into an Innovation Center.

The revamped space features a cutting-edge design and modern features to make it a unique, comfortable and contemporary learning space with a focus on providing modern and relevant learning opportunities for students.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The center was dedicated Thursday at the school, 422 Sioux Lane.

Carol Stream School opened in 1959 and, until now, its LLC was updated only once in the 1980s.

The redesign was overseen by a committee of school staff members, Carol Stream Elementary District 93 school board members, administrators and the project's architect.

After researching 21st-century learning spaces, the group created plans for what's been coined a modern Innovation Center for students. This hub can accommodate an array of learning environments, depending on what's needed.

The improvements include:

• Natural lighting from a skylight.

• Access to learning tools such as SMART Boards.

• Shared tables for students to collaborate and learn.

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• Comfortable, flexible, and ergonomically correct seating.

• Warm colors and natural-looking floors.

• Varying ceiling heights.

• An open concept featuring movable seating and tables to accommodate any setup.

Roy DeShane School also received an Innovation Center redesign over the summer. Elsie Johnson School received an Innovation Center redesign in the summer of 2015.