Thousand Oaks High School, Schneider Electric Unveil Classroom of the Future
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Thousand Oaks High School, Schneider Electric Unveil Classroom of the Future

Schneider Electric, the global energy and sustainability company, and Thousand Oaks High School unveiled the nation’s first Sustainable Outdoor Learning Environment (SOLE) – a solar-powered, state-of-the-art interactive learning space for boosting STEM education and providing a state-of-the-art outdoor classroom.

“We are excited to officially unveil the Thousand Oaks SOLE to give area students and teachers a comfortable, safe and sustainable outdoor learning environment,” said
Marc Starkey, Business Development Executive, Schneider Electric. “Our partnership with Thousand Oaks High School and the Conejo Valley Unified School District on this project is a great example of how the public and private sectors can successfully collaborate to bring innovation and sustainability to education while meeting unique needs of each school. As schools nationwide look to safely and cost-effectively bring back in-person learning, we hope other school districts will look to the Thousand Oaks SOLE as a blueprint for the classroom of the future.”


Schneider Electric conceived of the SOLE and worked with high school and district leaders to design it to meet the specific needs of Thousand Oaks High School. To make the SOLE a best-in-class learning environment, Schneider Electric brought together a consortium of industry-leading businesses, including California-based MBarC Construction, Baker Electric and STS Education, along with Flexground, Meteor Education and Rexel USA.

“We cannot wait to have our students take advantage of this phenomenal, new outdoor learning space,” said Thousand Oaks High School Principal Eric Bergmann. “Innovation sparks innovation, and this state-of-the-art classroom is sure to ignite our students’ creativity and joy for learning. Schneider Electric has been an invaluable partner through many of our school upgrade and modernization projects – and we are incredibly proud to be the home of the first ever SOLE.”

The Thousand Oaks SOLE is a structured facility providing a hands-on STEM experience, including the ability for students to see sustainable technology in action. The technologies that will both power the facility and integrate further sustainable elements into the campus including the following:

  • Solar Rooftop: The SOLE will continuously produce energy throughout the day by harnessing solar power.
  • Battery Storage: This provides the school with renewable power that is not connected to the utility power grid and can be optimized during hours of activity.
  • Energy Efficient Outdoor Circulating Fans: These will enable better air circulation and can be reversed on hot days to pull the warm air out of the learning zone.
  • LED Lighting: The battery storage enables LED lighting to run during both day and night, making the space usable after dark.
  • Durable Outdoor Classroom Furniture: Specially designed furniture that is mobile and stackable for ease of set-up and storage.
  • Touchscreen: An 86” Activ Panel Touchscreen Monitor in the SOLE will support hands-on learning.

 

While the Thousand Oaks SOLE will primarily be used for STEM-related classes, the interactive and modular setup supports other activities like specialized program instruction and group collaboration. In addition, teachers and students across the district will be able to reserve the space for other purposes.

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