Makerspace: Hands on Experiences Encourage Confidence

“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” – Ignacio Estrada

Makerspace!

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:

Mobile Storage Carts

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.

Mobile Storage Carts conveniently store underneath our Makerspace Tables

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3D Printer Carts

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.

 

Unconventional Solutions for Common Spaces

Featuring Vanerum NA items: Privacy Pod, Cube, Acute Table, Airley Chair

These days, the common spaces between rooms are becoming more and more important in the planning of workplaces, schools, and businesses. The rise of the “resimercial” design philosophy has launched a movement to include more dynamic, comfortable, and relatable furniture in these shared spaces. As noted by Interiors + Sources, “it’s now become an industry standard to provide informal areas for relaxation and collaboration, which align closer to a hospitality aesthetic and residential comfort”. Designers and users alike are gravitating towards spaces and furniture that exude a more relaxed, home-like vibe. So how can you implement this philosophy into your common spaces? Our open plan furniture adheres to this ideal, but with a bit of a twist. Let’s take a look at some specific instances where conventional common spaces became exceptional by using the right furniture. 

The Children’s Hospital

For children, hospitals can be an intimidating and scary place to be. We strive to make this experience as stress-free as possible by providing interesting and comfortable spots for children and their parents to relax in the hospital lobby. There are several specific zones subdividing the space that can be used differently depending on the mood of the child or parent. The versatile and colorful Cocoon placed in a serpentine pattern in the center of the lobby creates a central hub for children and parents to play and work on. The Cube seating surrounding the Cocoon is covered in durable yet plush fabrics that echo textiles you would find in a children’s room at home. In the far corner, a TV nook with movement encouraging Jokum stools are in place to burn any excess energy that children might have. 

Featuring Vanerum NA products: Cocoon, Cubes, Jokum

The High School

For a pass-through area in a high school, we focus on furniture that is flexible, durable and easily moved so students can reconfigure the space as needed. Students know what works best for them when they need to collaborate with each other, so why not give them the ability to set up their own configurations? This type of freedom is a nod to the flexibility they have in their own home, where they can alter their rooms and study spaces to make them more suitable for their needs. Like the Cubes in the previous room, the Cloud 9 stools and Variable Height Ottomans are upholstered in resistant yet cozy fabrics, making for a more comfortable collective experience. The organic shapes of the Cloud 9 and ottoman enable the pieces to be nested against one another, creating a fluid and progressive environment.

Featuring MooreCo Lounge Seating – Cloud 9 and Variable Height Ottomans

The Takeaway

Making the space useful, comfortable, and beautiful are the three most important rules when designing a successful common space. Keeping these ideas in mind will set you on the right track to finding a configuration that works for you. Throw in some unexpected geometry and textures for added interest, and you’ve found the ideal solution for creating the perfect open concept space.

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The Great Divide: Privacy Without Boundaries

Classroom design has undoubtedly changed in the last few decades. The days of static desks and rigid student chairs placed in repetitive rows are a thing of the past. Teachers and students want to engage in environments that stimulate learning and interaction, with spaces that are comfortable and inspiring. A large part of this new trend is a philosophy that we like to call “privacy without boundaries”: spaces that are accessible yet private at the same time. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at what inspired our design team to develop products around this philosophy and provide some specific examples of how this can be applied to your classroom to create a more engaging and dynamic learning environment.

Dividing Your Classroom Space While Keeping It Integrated

DIVVY DOC PARTITION
The Divvy Doc Partition (a MooreCo product) being utilized in an art classroom.

Since today’s classrooms are open and fluid, we need to be creative about the ways we divide our spaces. The word ‘divider’ already establishes a boundary; an isolated space. When developing the Divvy DOC Partition, our team of designers considered three fundamental classroom needs: movement, environmental integration, and the flow of light. By incorporating acrylic panels onto the top of the Divvy DOC, light continues to flow through the room unrestricted. The individual panels can be matched to laminates and fabrics in the classroom, allowing it to blend into the environment. The flat leg design makes it ideal for stacking against the wall when it’s ready to be stored away.

The use of a mobile divider like a Divvy Doc or Glider Mobile Whiteboard allows you to create multiple designated classroom spaces without worrying about permanence. Use these to assign multiple groups of students onto different projects. When the projects are complete, simply roll the dividers against the wall to bring the entire class back together. Since these dividers are mobile, classroom configurations can be reworked at the drop of a hat.

Student to Teacher: One-On-One Interactions

Privacy Pod
The Privacy Pod (A Vanerum North America product) in an educational meeting space.

Student and teacher meetings, assessments, and behavioral management no longer have to take place across an intimidating teacher’s desk. The integration of soft seating into classrooms is a relaxed and welcoming solution for teachers and students alike. With this idea in mind, our team of designers were challenged to develop a product which could provide both the comfort of soft seating and the privacy of a divider. In response to our ‘privacy without boundaries’ philosophy, the Privacy Pod was created. The upholstered pod creates a sense of seclusion, while the entrance allows for freedom of movement. The built in table provides a personal space for the student to read and write while the teacher sits nearby, making it ideal for one-on-one interactions.

Student to Teacher: Open Interactions

Cocoon Collaborative Learning Environment
The Cocoon (a Vanerum North America product) being utilized in an open concept educational space.

Teachers expect to connect with their students in an open and dynamic environment. When both the student and teacher are comfortable, conversations flow more freely and the students aren’t as timid. Circular settings, in comparison to linear ones, stimulate interaction and promote eye contact, which results in more engagement between participants. Products such as the Cocoon and Vivid encourage these interactions by fostering less formal, more relaxed environments.

When designing your classrooms, think about spaces where the “privacy without boundaries” principle can be implemented. Keep in mind that studies have shown that when students are comfortable, they learn better. Creating these spaces has never been easier with the products that are now on the market. If you have any questions about bringing this philosophy to life in your classroom, please reach out to us. We would love to help.