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Active-Learning Buildings Showcase New Teaching Philosophies

Chris Hayhurst  |  Ed Tech Magazine Colleges elevate active learning with major building and technology investments.   Assistant Director of Academic Facilities Hilary Gossett (Left) says collaboration was key to the design of the Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center at the University of Maryland, College Park. A new building at the University of Maryland, College Park has students and faculty alike turning their heads. The Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center, set like a jewel at the heart of campus, is a stunning work of brick and marble from the...

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Did You Hear? Maryland Developer Builds Collaborative Learning at Alma Mater

Tony Wilbert  |  CoStar Maryland developer Edward St. John has developed tens of millions of square feet of commercial space, but it's an education building at his alma mater that holds a special place in his heart. The 187,000-square-foot Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center at the University of Maryland opened in 2017, and St. John takes pride when he sees what it's become. “It’s wonderful to walk through the building and to see students in every part of the building – in the classrooms, in the individual 'huddle' conference rooms, throughout the hallways and...

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Central Elementary gets $1 million donation for space center

Braley Dodson  | Daily Herald The $1 displayed on the cutout of the spaceship wasn’t impressing the students of Central Elementary School in Pleasant Grove. Neither was the $10 revealed when another cover was pulled to show the next number in the donation. And then the next zero was uncovered, and the next, and the next, until the spaceship revealed the final $1 million and students launched into eruptive yelling in celebration. The $1 million commitment from the Edward St. John Foundation toward the rebuild of the Christa McAuliffe Space Center at Central Elementary School is...

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Alpine embarks on new mission to rebuild space center

Deseret News  |  Utah PLEASANT GROVE — A captain and her team confront totalitarian leaders and weigh whether to grant asylum to interstellar refugees as they work to repair their spaceship. Then they go outside for recess. The simulation based in a Pleasant Grove elementary school draws on more than just astronomy. At the Christa McAuliffe Space Center, in four rooms converted into spacecrafts, students face social issues, learn teamwork and grapple with the notion that their mission, however noble, may fail. "They get to see how they are a part of the whole, and I think...