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Montgomery County Public Schools is launching the third year of its student contest, United We Learn. This year’s contest, United We Learn: Schools of the Future, allows students to design their ideal learning space and challenges them to think critically about how their physical environment affects their ability to learn.

The contest follows a November 2018 survey that asked students and staff about how they use learning spaces at their schools, and what they would like classrooms and schools to look like in the future. Recurring elements mentioned in the survey included considerations regarding color, lighting, furniture, technology and security. That feedback will be used to support the continuous improvement of our educational facilities.  The contest tasks students to consider these same elements as they design their vision of what an ideal learning space might look like in the future. By participating in this contest, students may also have the ability to help influence future design. 

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MCPS students at all levels (elementary, middle and high school), in groups of two to five.

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Students are challenged to think about how their physical environment affects their ability to learn and design their ideal classroom. (See the rules for details about what can be submitted.)

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Contest opens Jan. 23, 2019. Submissions are due March 15, 2019.

Contest Rules:

  • To be eligible, all members of the team must be enrolled in Montgomery County Public Schools.
  • Entries must be an original product.
  • Entries must be created in groups of two to five students
  • Entries must be submitted via the online submission form by 5 p.m. March 15, 2019.
  • Submissions will be judged by a panel comprised of representatives from Montgomery County Public Schools and participating partner organizations.

See the full contest rules here  


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More Information

Contact the MCPS Public Information Office by sending and email to pio@mcpsmd.org.

Partner Organizations


  • Meridian Construction Co., Inc.
  • Hess
  • Smolen Emr Ilkovitch Architects (SEI)
  • Moseley Architects
  • Lendlease
  • Samaha
  • Oak Contracting
  • Keller Construction