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Old Shipping Containers House New Maclay Learning Center

Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee's Maclay School is conducting its latest learning program in a very unusual classroom building.

The school's new I-Think curriculum combines hi-tech and hi-touch elements. During a media showcase of the facility, Maclay's Head-of-School James Milford said this is probably the first classroom building in America made from refurbished shipping containers.

"Not another school in the nation that we can find using up-cycled shipping containers, trying to build green buildings so that this place can be a hands-on classroom for the students," he explained.

In the Computer Science, Robotics and Engineering classroom, eighth grader Clayton Knox was running a 3-D printer operation. "We started using them and now we have the ability to make whatever we want," he said.

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Interior view of the I-Think computer science, robotics and engineering classroom.

At the other end of the complex is Biomedical and Science Research. In between them is the Inspiration and Design classroom and Upper School Art Teacher Kaitlyn Dressel.

"I think my favorite part is that it's connected to two other phenomenal teachers where I don't know a lot about their subjects, but I know there's going to be some awesome brainstorming," she remarked.

The I-Think program also requires students to seek mentoring and learning experiences using all available community resources outside of the Maclay campus.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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