North Tampa Christian Academy

A playground as a part of learning

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 the 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.

Active play and active learning

The Tampa project features various activities from KOMPAN’s extensive range of playground equipment. There’s a natural feel, with organic Robinia playing an important role 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.

Physical

Social/emotional

Cognitive

Creative

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We want active play and active learning . . . . in fact we consider these playgrounds as outdoor learning spaces.

Orton Varona

President

North Tampa Christian Academy

North Tampa Christian Academy

Florida, Tampa , USA