Creating a STEM/STEAM Lab and Makerspace

 

STEM/STEAM Labs and Makerspaces are transformed with a little help from Copernicus

Developing a brand new space, retrofitting a library or creating a dedicated corner in a classroom for STEM/STEAM programs? Copernicus has many affordable, mobile solutions that support the typical zones required to make a useful, organized makerspace.


Collaborative space for brainstorming

Nothing beats hashing out the details using a large whiteboard, and with extra storage for devices and materials, precious floor space is saved!

Dual Duty Teaching Easel with device storage

This space-saving hybrid is designed to make the most of every inch in the classroom by combining technology with a traditional teaching easel. Models include device storage and charging for 6, 12, 20, 24 and 32 devices.

Dual Duty Teaching Easel holds 32 Devices (FTT200)

Dual Duty Teaching Easel holds 32 Devices with USB  (FTT200-USB)

Dual Duty Teaching Easel holds 24 Devices (FTT224)

Dual Duty Teaching Easel holds 20 Devices (FTT220)

Dual Duty Teaching Easel holds 12 Devices (FTT201)

Dual Duty Teaching Easel holds 12 Devices with USB (FTT201-USB)

Dual Duty Teaching Easel holds 6 Devices (FTT202)

Deluxe Chart Stand (CS700) 
There are lower quality imitations out there, but this original chart stand is built to last! It’s double sided, height adjustable and includes a place for chart paper.

Premium Inspiration Station (IS3)
Ideal for both independent and group activities and with a pull out whiteboard (enlarges the work area by 15”) there’s even more space to collaborate. For in-class use only.

Prototyping and Creating

STEM/STEAM activities often start with design thinking which helps identify a problem, then works to develop a solution. Prototyping is a critical step in bringing those ideas to life and can often include the use of a 3D Printer. This one is the star of the show when it’s wheeled out on parent-teacher night!

3D Printer Cart - Premium Model (TD5001)
Bring the technology to the point of instruction and
protect the investment with these carts.

3D Printer Cart - Base Model (TD5000) 

Spaces for a media center and whole-class instruction

Shared makerspaces, such as a library, accommodate a range of grade levels. These STEM/STEAM products allow full classes or small groups to explore technology and mixed media activities.

Tech Tub2 - Holds 6 Devices (FTT600)
Easily transportable- these tubs can go just about anywhere, even field trips.

NEW Wall Mount available (FTT600-W)

Meet the whole Tech Tub2 family

iRover2 for Interactive Flat Panels (IFP500)
Perfect for moving around flexible learning spaces and the electric lift accommodates students of all ages and abilities.

Dewey the Document Camera Stand with Microscope (DCS6)
This model with a microscope is perfect for science-based activities.

3 in 1 Interactive Easel (E3IN1)   Easel Mode  /  Table Mode  /  Floor Mode
Three modes and appropriate for PreK-3 students including those with special needs.

Storage for materials or projects in progress

Tools, technology, plus, work in progress need somewhere to go at the end of the class. These flexible solutions keep things organized and the tubs can be removed to put where pods of students are working.

Base Model Tech Tub® (TEC57)
The perfect home for littleBits™, robots, Lego® and more.

Meet the whole Tech Tub2 family

Tech Tub2® Modular Cart holds 32 devices (FTT632)
This sturdy cart makes it easy to share devices and reduce bottlenecks.

Meet the whole Tech Tub2 family

NEW! Tech Tub2® Stacking Cart holds 24 devices (FTT124)
An easy-to-maneuver cart that can be tucked away in a classroom.

Meet the whole Tech Tub2 family

Book Browser Cart (BB005-9)
This cart can hold 90 lbs of just about anything! For in-class use only.

Library on Wheels™ (LW430-18)
Ideal for sharing materials throughout a school and includes handy label pockets.

Storage Room Organizer (LLS300)
It’s not glamorous but it works! Great for storing in-progress work and is available in two configurations and several colors.

Tips for building successful STEM/STEAM Labs and Makerspaces

MOBILITY:

Choose a system that can be moved within the classroom for different activities or throughout a school and then returned to a storage area at the end of the day.

TOOLS:

Request feedback from other teachers on what kind of construction tools and materials will be needed before making your purchase.

MATERIALS:

Rally parents and teachers alike to pull together materials they may have lying around the house just waiting for a project.

Other Resources

Invent to Learn: This is a great resource for educators. Check out the book by Sylvia Libow Martinez & Gary Stager, browse the site or read the blog.

Instructables: Create a makerspace for kids in 5 steps.

Renovated Learning: Many links to Maker blogs, research and more.

Renovated Learning: 4 Reasons Why I Love Copernicus Carts in Makerspaces

Edutopia: For the K-12 educator, tons of articles, videos and discussions.