Real & Ready: Stories from the Classroom


Bcorp MonthCelebrating B Corp Month: Moving Forward

March is B Corp month and as we celebrate, we hope to continue moving forward with purpose and positive impacts. We asked our Green Team what moving forward at Copernicus meant to them. Read this blog post to see what they thought!

Green procurement doesn't need to be complicated, here's why.

With many schools already adopting sustainable practices by promoting initiatives like zero-waste lunches, including concepts in their curriculum, and developing best practice guidelines, it only makes sense that sustainability efforts extend into purchasing decisions. In this blog post, we share how schools can begin to make greener purchases. 

Teachers really are the real MacGyvers!

At Copernicus, we want our products to solve real problems in the classroom and make teaching a little bit easier. However, our product designers are not teachers, so how do we ensure this? We spend a lot of time in schools getting inspired by teachers. Read our blog post to see the best teacher-created solutions we saw this year! 

Wooden crayon holder

How We Calculate the Carbon Footprint of Our Products 

This blog post explains how we calculate the carbon footprint of our products. For more information on what a carbon footprint is, visit our related blog post: Making Strides: Comparing the Carbon Footprint of our Bamboo and Steel Easels.

Carbon Footprint Trees

Making Strides: Comparing the Carbon Footprint of our Bamboo and Steel Easels

At Copernicus, we are trying to reduce our impact on the environment as much as we can, and we are focusing on the most critical areas first. The largest area of impact is in our products, and our goal is to ultimately reduce the carbon footprint of our products by 50% by 2025. What does this mean for the products we sell? In this blog post, we will share why we chose bamboo, what a carbon footprint means, and how we compared two similar easels (one steel and one bamboo). 

Manufacturing this bamboo easel produces 28% less carbon than its metal alternative.

Bamboo – as durable as wood?

OK, bamboo is strong. But – is it as tough as traditional wood typically used for classroom furniture? We put it to the test in our Product Testing Lab. We conducted four tests: load, humidity, impact, and surface cleaner. Read our blog to learn all about the results! 

Bamboo - as durable as wood?

How does bamboo grow?

Bamboo is a renewable resource because it is actually a member of the grass family, even though it is typically mistaken as a tree. This is an important distinction because when you harvest a shoot of bamboo, the root system does not die, like a tree would during some types of logging practices. Instead, it regrows using rhizomes, just like grass would when you mow your lawn. Read on to learn more about how bamboo grows! 

How does bamboo grow?

Let’s celebrate Green Friday!

Tired of Black Friday? Leave your wallet at home and get outside! This year at Copernicus, we are highlighting Green Friday, a counter-movement to Black Friday, for the first time. We're sharing how we plan to celebrate, and other ways that you can join in on the fun!

Green Friday

Sustainable classrooms: How to take action and inspire hope

Are you looking for ways to create a more sustainable classroom and not sure where to start? We have rounded up some tips, tricks, and activity ideas to try in your classroom! Plus, there's a fun opportunity to receive a surprise from your friends at Copernicus Educational Products! 

Sustainable classrooms

Why Choose Bamboo?

At Copernicus, we are trying to make more conscious decisions as a company, and a big part of our environmental impact is our products. We use steel in the majority of our products because it is extremely durable, safe, and long-lasting. All factors which are ideal in a classroom! In this post, we’ll explain why Copernicus is choosing to use bamboo in some of our products.

Bamboo easels and book carts for the classroom

Get rolling with an iRover2 Cart

Is your school purchasing flat panels? What school isn’t! Government funding programs have helped many schools get this useful and flexible technology into more classrooms, but did you know that many schools are considering a cart instead of a wall mount option?

Buying an air purifier for your school? Here’s what you need to know.

Is your school preparing its indoor air quality improvement plan? If you answered yes, then you probably have started looking at all the different air purifiers out there—and there are a lot! In this post, we’re going to cover off a few things to help you make an informed decision as you evaluate your options.

True HEPA Air Purifier in the classroom

Six Trends in Education Today

Report on trends in education: What we are seeing and how to navigate these trends with Copernicus. See our findings, product suggestions and online resources to help. 

Teacher virtual learning

Classroom Bikes Have Transformed Students

Elementary school principal, Bryan Cinti, shares his story of how the use of bikes transformed both the students and the classroom environment.

Self-regulation Classroom Cruiser

How Early Adoption of Hybrid Learning Techniques Help During a Pandemic

The use of technology has become more important than ever to keep students safely engaged whether they are in the classroom or at home. Read on to learn more about how technology and early adoption of hybrid learning helped regions around the world to quickly adapt plus other free tech resources.

Copernicus Educational Products employees outdoor meeting

Outdoor Classrooms: In the forest and on the street

How often do you plan on taking your students outside this year? Wondering how other schools are handling their outdoor spaces? Read on for quick tips on how to use the outdoors to teach your students, set up your outdoor space and other free resources.

Children planting trees

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