Legrand’s Outdoor Charging Station is one of many outdoor power products from Legrand focused on supporting connectivity outside. The Outdoor Charging Station is an elegantly designed pedestals that includes a combination of standard power outlets, USB outlets, and LED lights to illuminate pathways at night. The product meets many needs for many facilities including hotels, hospitals, university campuses and more.
When it comes to schools, two of the biggest trends in K–12 education are the adoption of mobile technology and the implementation of outdoor space. Regional School District No. 7 in Winsted, Connecticut, is on the cutting edge in both. It allows middle and high school students to use their smartphones for educational and social reasons during the day which is unusual compared with many other school districts.
“We were early adopters of allowing students to use their phones,” said Dr. Judy Palmer, district superintendent. “The internet is right at the fingertips of our students, allowing learning to take place anywhere, anytime,” Palmer said. One of those places is outdoor spaces. Palmer sees her schools’ courtyards as a place where mobile technology and outdoor space can come together to advance students’ social and emotional development.
If students are going to be encouraged to use their personal devices, they need to have a way to charge them. District officials realized that adding charging infrastructure to the courtyards could meet that need and promote greater use of the outdoor spaces. Enter the Legrand Outdoor Charging Station. Two charging stations were installed in the high school courtyard and two more in the middle school courtyard. “The charging stations have a sleek design and do not take up a lot of space. They are in use daily, and we haven’t had any significant increase in our utility bills.”