Container Classroom

At REALM Charter School in Berkeley, where our program moved in 2012, our first class of students was asked to build a project to benefit their community. “The first community we feel an allegiance to is our school community,” they told us. As a new charter school, we were in need of additional, flexible classroom space. And so our students built a classroom for all students to use. Students used three standard shipping containers as their starting point, then space-planned and modified them to create an open-plan classroom and courtyard with a raised roof letting in ample natural light. Using torches, welders, grinders, and a full woodshop, students learned an array of construction tools and techniques while building a new learning environment for their classmates.