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Ehrman Crest Elementary/Middle School near Pittsburgh aims to show how physical spaces can impact educational outcomes. The $63 million K-6 school, which opened in August, features harmonic walls that educate about sound, fractions, and energy; graphic walls with animals and numbers; and magnetic walls that let kids study local ecology. If it sounds like a children’s museum, it is: Cannon-Design and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh partnered on the project. With security features like an art wing that doubles as a storm shelter, Ehrman Crest models the future of educational institutions.

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