The main appeal of Project FROG, Watkinson School’s 3,500 square feet of classroom space, is its eco-friendly nature as characterized by recycled materials used, 60 solar panels that produce more energy than the building actually needs. Thanks to the modular design, the project took only six months to complete. According to John Bracker, principal of Watkinson School, project frogs are “the idea of a building as a teaching tool and not just a building”, which means that the buildings are so inspiring that they become part of the curriculum. This facilitates the teaching of sustainability, conservation, and environmental awareness to the students.
This triggers many schools to look for companies such as Project FROG in order to replace the portable trailers generally provided by the state which sometimes described as, according to one school administrator at the Jacoby Creek Charter School, “horrid learning environment”. Another advantage of this modular classroom is the cost flexibility due to a matching grant.
Addition to those advantages is the fact that, according to a Heschong Mahone Group study, kids score up to 25% higher in schools that employ the kind of environmentally aware practices that come standard in Project Frog’s modular buildings. Source: The Journal