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Nov 13

Discover STEM Academy Awarded Grand Prize for Learning Environment

Posted on November 13, 2017 at 9:20 AM by Communications Department

Discovery STEM Academy, Newport News Public Schools' newest elementary school, was recently awarded the Learning By Design Award of Excellence by Learning By Design Magazine. The school is one of five education facility design projects awarded the top prize this year. 11-13 STEM

Discovery STEM Academy was eligible for national recognition after earning the Best Design Award in the New Elementary School category from the Virginia Chapter of Association for Learning Environments.

Designed by Grimm and Parker Architects and built by Oyster Point Construction, Discovery STEM Academy features 36 classrooms, collaborative learning zones for each grade level, a nutrition lab (kitchen and dining area), a fitness lab (gymnasium), an art room, a two-level media center with a project-based learning area, a community resource area, a courtyard with outdoor learning spaces and an amphitheater with a stage that connects to the fitness lab for indoor and outdoor performances.

The Learning By Design program highlights the country's most engaging and enriching learning environments. Discovery STEM Academy is featured in the October edition of the national magazine.