Help liven up a school with $1000
August 27, 2011 11:06 AM Subscribe
How would you pep up an elementary school with $1,000?
posted by argybarg to Education (14 answers total)
My friend and coworker, who helps run the office at the elementary school where I teach, won an award that included a gift of $1,000 to spend on the school however he sees fit. He's eager to use it to bring some new life to a school that can feel drab at times. What could he do with the money?
This is a newish school that has a hospital-type floor plan: long corridors, fluorescent lights, few windows. It has one two-story lobby with hanging sculptures but few other common spaces. It really needs some interactivity, some fun in its spaces. There's art on the walls but that's about it.
He's a musician and likes making videos with the kids. He has thought about a video arts center, but also thinks about displays, motion graphics, projections. I think about the Magiquest installations at Great Wolf Lodge: talking pictures, moving objects, interactivity.
Think projectors, RFID or IR; think of how to share what's going on in the school in an engaging and memorable way. Of course it should be extensible and long-term and come in at or under $1,000. What comes to mind?