“Science is a way of thinking, much more than it is a body of knowledge.” – Carl Sagan
The Science Lab
A place to explore, get excited, and discover! The space requires versatility, natural light, and room for the mind and body to move. As for the layout? Here are a few suggestions to help the lab run smoothly and encourage students to maximize their time and minds during this exciting period in school!
An efficient lab must be flexible to accommodate all branches of science. The use of non-fixed and lightweight furniture makes it easy to rearrange a class and create a fluid lab that can be altered as needed.
Flipper tables are easily adjusted in height. Create a tiered classroom to ensure everyone has direct eye contact with the instructor. Want to reconfigure the room? No worries! Flipper Tables come with casters and easily fold and nest to create open space in the classroom.
Science labs require a variety of equipment and tools. A well-planned storage system makes finding equipment a snap. When tools are easy to find, more class time can be dedicated to lessons and learning, which is what every teacher strives for. Our Makerspace Mobile Tubs feature smooth rolling tambour doors and sleek 3″ skate casters for easy maneuverability.
Students get distracted easily and having interesting imagery, or using the walls as projection surfaces will keep them engaged. Adapting your lab to make this possible is a step in the right direction. The Sharewall Spline Wall is a fully trimmed panel system that can be mounted from wall to wall. The magnetic dry-erase surface is easy to write on and erase, and the seamless design creates a smooth, singular writing surface.
“Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning.” – Robert John Meehan
The school year is almost over and teachers are more than ready for a break. The teachers’ lounge has been a hot topic of debate for for a while. Are they worth having? Are they gossip pools? Has technology and high performance curriculums taken over the lounge? Studies show that teachers’ lounges actually reinforce the spirit of community amongst educators as well as recharge tired minds. Lounges help teachers reengage in everyday topics with their peers, and also disconnect from the daily classroom routine. The key to a functional teachers’ lounge? Make it feel like home! Here are some ideas on how to make the teachers’ lounge an inviting and safe environment for teachers:
We call them soft for a reason! Sofas, futons, booths and poufs. Add one or add them all, teachers don’t just want to sit, they want to relax in the teachers’ lounge. Nothing beats comfortable soft seating pieces when creating restful spaces to relax in.
Tables for All
Tables in the lounge will be used for a number of different tasks: eating, working on a laptop, grading papers, or reading books. Play with tables of different shapes and sizes to make the room flexible and unique.
Accents & Accessories
Finish your room with fun and homey accents: pictures, graphics, warm colored fabrics, and foliage. Add technology support, like charging stations, to ensure that the lounge is not only comfortable, but functional and practical as well.
“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” – Ignacio Estrada
Incorporating makerspace into your classroom has one main purpose: to provide kids the confidence and competence necessary to execute their creative vision. Students utilize technology to create physical and digital inventions. Rooms are set to explore robotics, mechanics, coding, building, engineering and many other areas. The key is for the discovery process to happen by playing and experimenting with a hands on approach. Let’s take a look at some ideas on how to incorporate makerspace into your classroom while encouraging a free flowing room:
Students will be reaching out for tools, parts and components for their projects. Carts should always be accessible, without being in the way. Our Mobile Storage Carts feature big handles for easy grip and maneuvering, and 3″ skater casters for fast and easy movement. The best part? The carts conveniently slide under our Makerspace Mobile Tables for secure and discrete storage.
Last year alone, schools across the country spent over 500 million USD on 3D printers. The earlier that children learn to use 3D printing technology, the more easily they can integrate it into their thinking when they enter the workforce. Our Makerspace 3D Printer Cart features 6 holders for 3D printer filament, a storage cabinet with 4 adjustable shelves, and a gliding tambour door for secure storing. The detachable side shelf provides extra working surface or an easy way to hold and access printed objects.
Room to Flow – Physically & Creatively
The goal of having VEX Robotics and STEM programs in classrooms is to have creative thinking translate into actual results. Be sure to provide an environment that supports this! Dry erase tabletops allow students to jot down reminders, doodle, and calculate. The same applies to dry-erase walls. The expanded writing surfaces provide additional room for formulating and solving problems. Have open space for ease of movement and integrate fun accents, such as our grow stools, which stimulate the brain by encouraging active sitting. Add some soft seating poufs to balance the heftiness by creating a relaxing atmosphere.