Phoenix Country Day School opens state-of-the-art innovation space

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In September, Phoenix Country Day School celebrated the official grand opening of the Shin Center for Art, Science and Innovation, the campus’ new state-of-the-art, collaborative academic space.

At the dedication, donors Christopher and Jennifer Mee Cole spoke with members of the PCDS Board of Trustees, Advisory Trustees, and Campaign Ambassadors, who are THRIVE Campaign leadership donors, about the role that educational institutions play in a city’s ability to draw top talent from around the country and globe.

Despite not having children at PCDS, the Cole family donated $2.5 million to the THRIVE Campaign as an investment in PCDS and, in turn, the future of Phoenix, according to a press release.

Mr. Cole also explained that the name “Shin Center” was a dedication to his wife’s mother, Shin Hyun Soon.

16pcdsbm143The goal of the Shin Center of Art, Science and Innovation is to foster the creative, collaborative, and investigative approaches in arts, sciences, technology, and engineering.

As a complete renovation of a previous academic space, the Shin Center is state-of-the-art, the release stated.

While the building previously housed nine classrooms and approximately 11,000-square foot of teaching space, the Shin Center now hosts 13 classrooms and teaching spaces, two instructor preparation spaces, three private “huddle” rooms for students to collaborate, and a large faculty office space in which all art and science faculty can collaborate on best practices within their teaching and research.

Finally, the new space added an 80-person presentation room to host guest speakers, college presentations, and student activities.  These changes added approximately 2,000 additional square feet of teaching spaces in the building.

The Shin Center also embodies key pedagogical goals for the PCDS community—engagement and collaboration.

Each day, students will walk by or meet with teachers in a workspace modeling these tenets. In their labs and art studios, students will have the opportunity to apply for and be trusted with use of some of the most high-tech materials in any educational environment—high school or college, the release stated.

Additionally, students will be able to evaluate and tackle real-world problems utilizing life skills of analysis, interdisciplinary thought, and teamwork.

“I love the Shin Center.  I go up there all the time to use media lab to work on my movies, and my friends and I always study in the huddle rooms where we can write on the walls to compare notes or work out a problem,” PCDS sophomore Max Lerner said in the release.

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