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February 09
Ridge View High School Class 'Flips It to Win It'

Constantly evolving learning environments face limitations of resources and budgets, resulting in a certain degree of inadequacy. They can fall short when it comes to capturing the inspired learning environments that students and teachers both yearn for. 

To highlight the latest tools for effective learning spaces, McWaters provided an opportunity that would stimulate creative minds and produce a classroom conducive to active learning.

The challenge: for students and teachers to create digital entries that creatively portrayed why their existing environment is inefficient and what it would take to makeover the space to support their dynamic learning process. Seventeen middle and high school Richland School District Two classes, in Columbia, S.C., submitted their concepts. 

The winner: Wendi Wimmer's Drama Class at Ridge View High School. They creatively adapted the pop song "Whip It" into their rendition of "Flip It," while explaining the current malfunctions in their existing space.

We partnered with McWaters, Steelcase, and Designtex to bring the winning entry to life, providing our resources for success to create a floor covering that inspires the drama students in a new way.

Notably, the design process was a collaboration with the students, engaging them and yielding a true representation of their needs as students. Being a drama class, they stressed the need for flexibility and mobility in the layout and furniture in their space. 

Watch the video McWaters created, which showcases the winning entry and the process behind the final product, and read the MidlandsBiz coverage​ of the creative event.

Congratulations to all those who participated in this challenge and to our partners for allowing us to join in on the fun. 

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