Brampton and Peel District School Board create shared Collaborative Learning and Technology Centre

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

The City of Brampton and the Peel District School Board (PDSB), have opened a new Collaborative Learning and Technology Centre (CLT), a hub with a focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) programming.

“Today’s announcement marks a significant milestone in our joint commitment with Peel District School Board to education and community development,” said Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown. “The Collaborative Learning and Technology Centre serves as an example of the power of working together by providing our residents and students with resources in science, technology, engineering, arts and math fields.

“This joint-use facility exemplifies our dedication to fostering a dynamic learning environment in Brampton and I’m thrilled to see the positive impact this centre will have on youth in our community.”

In 2019, the partnership was created to renovate and convert an existing PDSB building into a joint-use satellite location to serve both the school and the community. The facility features modern design, cutting-edge technology and amenities to enhance access to STEAM programs for both students and community. The centre was designed with up-to-date technology that supports learning, leading to careers in STEAM fields.

PDSB has highlighted student access to technology to foster interests and skills that pave the way for future studies and careers in STEAM. By connecting classroom learning with real-world experiences, STEAM education helps students understand the relevance of their studies, prepares them for diverse career paths by providing hands-on experiences and encourages experimentation and innovation.

The CLTC is the third project in the partnership between the City of Brampton and PDSB. The two previous projects include the Sandalwood Heights Secondary School Track revitalization and Turner Fenton Cricket Pitch​ construction.

“Innovation is a high priority at Peel District School Board, a commitment that is cemented by the opening of the Collaborative Learning and Technology Centre,” said Rashmi Swarup, director of education, Peel District School Board. “The centre is a space for creativity and discovery, and it’s also a gateway where students can explore ideas and technologies that will shape tomorrow. Through our collaboration with the City of Brampton, we’re providing the tools and conditions students need to thrive.”

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