Jan 29, 2013

St. Michael's Academy School of the Future winners announced



(Photo courtesy of St. Michael's Academy)

Staff report 

SPRINGFIELD – What would an ideal school addition look like?

Teams of eighth grade students at St. Michael's Academy in Springfield were asked that question as part of the School of the Future competition in the fall and showcased their answers as part of Catholic Schools Week.  

The winners of the competition were announced at the school’s Curriculum Fair Jan. 27.

The top team was made up of Emma deVillier, Andrew Martinez, Kristine Cao, Nina Langone, and Nina Thomas (left to right in photo, holding their winning design). Their ideas focused on an indoor/outdoor classroom, including "green technologies" and new and improved learning environments.

The formal judging took place in the school's conference room, where each team dressed up and made a formal presentation to a panel of judges. The young designers used multi-media tools to explain their designs, including Google SketchUp and scale models.

The school winners will go on to compete at the state level, where last year St. Michael's Academy placed first, beating out Boston Latin School.

The School of the Future competition is sponsored by the Council of Educational Facility Planners International and was introduced to St. Michael's Academy by board of trustees member Brian Sears last year.