We know that Generation Alpha, the generation born after 2010, has a much different school experience than Gen Z, Millennials, and especially their parents. For Gen Alpha, the use of technology in learning spaces has always been present, and this generation spends more time online than ever before. Hear firsthand from educators at Bamford Elementary School, a school we recently designed, to get a glimpse of how students interact with the environment.
Three key Gen Alpha-focused design concepts included in the Bamford Elementary design are:
- Connections to Nature/Outdoors
- A Focus on Wellness
- Flexible Learning Environments
Connections to Nature/Outdoors
The Attention Restoration Theory tells us that visual connection to nature and biophilic elements aids in improving concentration and reducing stress. Bamford Elementary was designed to provide views of the Front Range and mountains and allow ample natural light to pour into the building.
Focus on Wellbeing + Wellness
Bamford has a designated counseling area called “The Wolf Den” (affectionally named with the school mascot in mind) where students can take a break, process feelings, move freely, talk to counselors, and participate in individual and group sessions. The space includes comfortable seating, play items, and even a therapy dog!
Flexible Learning Environments
A variety of breakout spaces were designed for Bamford Elementary. These spaces allow students to work in small groups, collaborate, receive individualized instruction, take a break, work individually away from peers, and even go outside.