Summer 2017

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ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL Academy High School's is a project- based high school that strives to provide a professional environment, inspire creativity, and empower students. Thanks in part to $5 million from founding corporate partner Texas Instruments, Plano ISD opened this innovative academy that combines project-based learning with rigorous STEAM (science, technology, engi- neering, arts, and math) coursework in 2013. Students at this school benefit from the involvement of industry professionals and from cutting-edge technology in the classrooms. DESIG N GOAL S: Reflecting professionalism: The innovative space emphasizes STEAM coursework for future professionals. Supporting collaboration: Large open spaces make this school truly collaborative. Providing an open environment: The repurposed AT&T call center building has a modern, corporate look. Traditional classrooms are absent, and in their place are large project areas with moveable furniture. SPECIAL FEATURES: • Learning areas that are large enough for an entire grade to collaborate on a project • Space to build and construct projects to scale • Installation of special enclosed learning areas—including physics lab, makerspace, fabrication lab, and presentation spaces PLANO ISD Designed by Stantec Architecture • Photos courtesy of Stantec Architecture ATPE NEWS 21 INNOVATIVE, REAL-WORLD ENVIRONMENTS

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