This coming Friday (May 10th), more than 150 volunteers will work side-by-side to build an Outdoor Learning Lab at Governors’ Village STEM Academy in Charlotte, NC. Made possible by a $100,000 grant from Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas, Governors’ Village students will soon have a dynamic new Outdoor Learning Lab where teachers can lead exciting and engaging outdoor experiential lessons that add relevance, purpose, and real-world meaning to every subject.
The finished outdoor classroom will have seating areas, whiteboards, raised vegetable and flower beds, a weather station, earth science stations, rain barrels, animal and insect habitats and more.
This “Big Dig” event is spearheaded by Out Teach, a national nonprofit that coaches and inspires teachers to unlock student performance with the power of outdoor experiential learning.
Once the new learning lab is complete, Out Teach will provide years of training and professional development and coaching to show teachers how to use each different feature to improve instruction and deepen student understanding.