Niles Community Schools
Niles New Tech Entrepreneurial Academy
New Times. New Talent. New Tech! Facilitators within this 8,800 SF remodeled wing of Niles High School employ project-based learning in collaboration with 21st century skills. Courses are taught in double classrooms by pairs of facilitators. Combined subjects include BioArt, American Studies and MathMath (a combination of geometry and algebra). Remodeling included the conversion of eight existing classrooms into three team-based learning studios and one main central commons corridor. The corridor is lined with benches and eight 42″ monitors displaying school news. Learners can also hook up to each of these monitors for team collaboration or independent study. A staff and student collaboration and administrative area is also included. Each learning studio has new furniture, three projectors, one for each wall, and a sound amplification system. The BioArt studio includes water and electricity for each learning “pod,” enhancing the interactive curriculum. This renovation had an aggressive 16-month timeline from conceptualization to completion.