PWCS students will learn to “Think Big” in new Amazon style work space
Posted on 10/18/2019

Following a grand opening ceremony on October 15, 2019, River Oaks Elementary School welcomed its first students into the world’s first “Think Big Space.” The learning space, produced by a collaboration between SPARK, the education foundation for PWCS, and Amazon Web Services (AWS), is designed to promote career awareness, engineering design, coding, and gamification.

The “Think Big Space,” named after one of Amazon’s leadership principles, is designed to look like an Amazon work environment. The space provides a colorful and stimulating atmosphere with access to 3D printers, drones, and Kindles with augmented reality.

The goal of the partnership is to encourage students to think outside the box and solve problems using a growth mindset, preparing them for jobs and careers that don’t even exist yet.

William Nau, the innovative technology teacher for the “Think Big Space” said that the space is a great opportunity for the students. “You never know if you have the next Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, or Jeff Bezos. As long as they have an opportunity, you never know,” he said.

Though located at River Oaks, the space will be available to 2,500 elementary students from 20 nearby schools.

“This project will benefit the entire School Division, supporting all of our students and their efforts to become successful in the workforce of the future,” said Superintendent Dr. Steve Walts. “We’re thrilled to pilot the first AWS ‘Think Big Space,’ and we intend to use this space as a training tool to promote learning through science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.”

Students and staff look forward to the innovative and exciting opportunities this space will offer for years to come.