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.
PhysicalJoy of movement: motor skills, muscle, cardio and bone density
CognitiveJoy of learning: curiosity, understanding of causal relationships and knowledge of the world
Social-EmotionalJoy of being together: teamwork, tolerance and sense of belonging
CreativeJoy of creating: co-creation and experimenting with materials
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