PSD unveils the MAC, an imaginative, portable classroom on wheels

Kids work on a whiteboard inside the new PSD MAC bus

 

Take one step inside, and you’ll quickly realize you aren’t on a typical school bus. 

White boards with math equations scrawled across them in colorful dry erase markers line the wall. A cabinet full of charging laptops sits near the front of the bus, next to cushy work benches. In the back, a reading area stocked with picture books invites students to take a seat and start reading.

Welcome to PSD’s Mobile Academic Classroom, or MAC. PSD recently unveiled the bus for the first time, just ahead of its June 11 launch date.

Christine Hendricks cuts the ribbon, officially unveiling the MAC Bus
Tavelli Principal Christine Hendricks, with help from Superintendent Smyser, cuts the MAC Bus ribbon.

 

In just a few weeks, MAC will open its doors to students for the first time outside the Bull Run apartment complex in Fort Collins. It will offer students an option for summer enrichment programs geared at keeping their skills sharp over the summer and creating a fun and unique learning environment. 

Tavelli Elementary School Principal Christine Hendricks developed the idea for MAC and worked with partners from across the district and in the community to help make it a reality. 

Stemming from a partnership between PSD and the PSD Foundation as well as a generous gift from an anonymous donor, the project was able to leverage donations to help make the dream a reality. 

Business community members who worked on the MAC Bus pose with it.
The MAC was a result of a true community partnership thanks to our friends in the business community!

 

“This project is about creating an environment for students to develop a passion for learning,” Hendricks said at the unveiling. “Students will have opportunities for passion projects, student activities, mentoring and technology, but mostly to have fun learning.”

 

At the event, PSD Superintendent Dr. Sandra Smyser praised Hendricks for her imaginative vision for taking learning to students right in their own backyard.

“For every innovation that happens, there’s a lot of bravery and hard work,” she said. 

 

PSD staff who worked on the MAC project pose in front of it.
It took a team! PSD staff shared their talents to make the MAC Bus happen.

MAC Partners:

  • Poudre School District Foundation
  • BC Interiors
  • Bear Lakes Designs
  • CDW-G
  • DesignPoint Engineering
  • Healthy Kids Club, A program of UC Health
  • Intel
  • Jet Marketing
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • MiEn Company
  • Mohawk Flooring
  • Otto Pint
  • PSD Innovation Grants
  • RB+B Architects
  • School Speciality
  • Saunders Heath Construction
  • Virco