Many scientific studies have shown that connection with nature in a classroom helps students learn – enhancing their cognition, creativity, engagement and wellbeing. This research has fed into the growing popularity of biophilic design – design based on humans’ innate affinity with nature.
At the same time, UK schools are currently under increasing pressure, with demand outstripping supply, creating a need to innovate. These two trends make educational classrooms an exciting potential application for PassivPod.
The rich natural light, non-traditional organic form and natural materials provide an inspiring, comfortable and healthy learning space while the sustainable technologies built into the PassivPod can themselves act as active learning tools and the PassivPod classroom in this educational capacity acts as an inspiring learning hub which is perfect for engaging students.
The exterior of the PassivPod will be the same as the leisure and living versions, while the interior is adapted to house a classroom.
The ground floor, which can be accessed from the main door at the rear of the building or from the front decking, has a hallway and stairwell with cupboards and two WCs, leading to a spacious classroom with moveable desks and chairs, digital smart-board and floor-to-ceiling glazing flooding the room with natural light. The glazing opens out onto a decking area, and ideally would be located beside a school garden or some kind of green space.
PassivPod classroom: built to learn
The classroom itself actually has wide-ranging psychological and physical effects on its users. We already know design affects learning outcomes in a number of ways, for example the relationship between cognition and basic physical factors like temperature, lighting and ventilation. Now, new areas of research on the connection between nature or green space and learning, productivity and wellbeing is coming to light.
Innovative green design has a huge potential for enriching the learning environment to better facilitate student engagement, achievement and wellbeing. If you’re interested, read our blog post which collates recent research.
With pupil numbers set to exceed eight million by 2023 – with the equivalent of 2000 extra schools needed – PassivPod classrooms are a quick and sustainable way to add capacity. UK schools are under increasing pressure, with demand outstripping supply, creating a need to innovate. And PassivPod is a perfect compliment to the Eco-Schools programme, an awards scheme to which 70% of England schools and 40,000 schools worldwide have registered.
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