Customer Case

North Tampa Christian Academy

A playground as part of the learning process

Often playgrounds are seen as ‘add-ons’ to existing plans. But with the North Tampa Christian Academy, having the chance to be involved from the start allowed KOMPAN to contribute to an improved learning experience. The new school in Florida broke from conventional design when they commissioned architects who took a revolutionary approach to classrooms and space. When introduced to KOMPAN’s team of designers they seized on the prospect of making the playground an integral part of the educational experience. Suddenly, learning didn’t stop at the exit door. It expanded to the open air.

We want active play and active learning. In fact, we consider these playgrounds as outdoor learning spaces.

Orton Varona - President, North Tampa Christian Academy

Active play meets active learning

The Tampa project features various activities from KOMPAN’s extensive range of nature-based playground equipment. There’s a natural feel, with organic Robinia playing an important role in bridging the gap between the futuristic classrooms and the great outdoors. The Forest Lake Boat, along with the Wizard’s Hideaways, stimulate young imaginations. Whilst the Explorer Dome, with its 360-degree entry and slide exit, is for the more physically energetic. Like a magnet, the Supernova attracts small groups who learn to communicate through balance.

Physical
Joy of movement: motor skills, muscle, cardio and bone density
Cognitive
Joy of learning: curiosity, understanding of causal relationships and knowledge of the world
Social-Emotional
Joy of being together: teamwork, tolerance and sense of belonging
Creative
Joy of creating: co-creation and experimenting with materials

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