An interdisciplinary STEM education requires facilities to accommodate multiple subjects, activities, and teaching and learning formats. Small clusters of classrooms should allow collaborative teaching of integrated subject matter — humanities, arts and STEM — within a single zone that is well-defined for students. Classroom design and furniture should allow for flexible arrangements, converting easily between lectures, group work, individual study and student presentations. Providing sinks in each classroom further allows for greater flexibility of use.
At Metro High School, benches and tables convert from circular formations that facilitate conversation into a theater-seating arrangement appropriate to lectures and student presentations. Rollers on furniture lend mobility, while the school’s sliding barn doors connect classrooms and permit easy facilities expansion and interdisciplinary collaboration.