The Young Learners Center is a 13,000-square-foot expansion to MB’s lower school designed to support the way children learn in the 21st century. By clustering together the more ‘hands-on’ disciplines – science, art, music, library, and a children’s Innovation Lab (i-Lab) – the new wing will promote experiential learning, integrative thinking, and group collaboration.
With a totally reimagined entryway, the Young Learners Center will provide much-needed social connection space for families. And a new community gathering space will comfortably host lower school events, performances, and seasonal celebrations.
“My dream for the lower school is that we create a place where children feel at home and love to be. We want to create a physical space that encourages our students to ask questions, be curious, and make discoveries.
I am excited about the possibility of open and interconnected areas for children to explore as they play to learn and learn to play.
When I think about expert thinking in the lower school, I love what we’re already doing, but to move forward it’s essential to bring science, art, and library back into the lower school building. Having our special-subject teachers in the same building as our classroom teams creates many more opportunities for collaboration and puts our experts on-site.
Some of the most meaningful times in lower school are when our community gathers together for special events such as holiday sings or classroom celebrations. A space that could accommodate everyone would enhance the feeling of community that we so value in the lower school.
The 21st-century thinking that MB is bringing into elementary education is helping to guide us as we ask ‘How can our physical space further our commitment to hands-on, collaborative, and interdisciplinary learning?’”