The modern classroom is helping young thinkers and doers bring science and technology to life.
No matter their age, students hardly ever sit still. Capturing them in action requires a scientific approach of my own.
The need to compete on the world stage continues to fuel an ongoing overhaul of the American education system, particularly when it comes to STEM – science, technology, engineering and math. This has led to changes in the concept of the “open classroom” and it was just such a learning environment that Greg was asked to photograph on behalf of 1100 Architect, a New York based architecture firm that had just completed an addition of a hands-on “Tinker Lab” to Germantown Academy, a private school in the Philadelphia suburbs.
With school still in session and actual students engaged in their projects, this would present a challenge, but one not unfamiliar to Greg. Years of experience being “on the scene” to get just the right shot for his clients has taught him a rare commodity these days: patience.
Here it became a matter of waiting for and seizing on those decisive moments when students were interacting with each other and their creations.
As proficient with an iPad as generations of the past were with chalk on slate, maker spaces like this encourage young minds to think open-endedly – to explore not just “what,” but “what if?”
As these images show, the future looks brighter than ever.