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.
Check out these solutions that make it easy to move materials and technology anywhere the students need it, regardless of the size of space you have available.
This all-in-one mobile cart supports many of the different zones required in a STEM/STEAM program and is ideal where space is limited. Base Model also available.
Five ways educators are using this cart:
1. Loading it up with the materials and tools for a specific activity
and posting the instructions on the overhead sign
2. Creating a center by positioning the cart so the rear whiteboard
and tubs are accessible at the same time
3. Using the tubs to color code materials making clean up easier
4. Locking up tools and robotics in the Tech Tub®
5. Removing the tubs and placing them where small group
activities are happening
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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!
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!
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.
Perfect for moving around flexible learning spaces and the electric lift accommodates students of all ages and abilities.
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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.
The Original Tech Tub® Base Model is a compact solution designed to secure various mobile devices, tools and materials simply by adding your own padlock. Made from highly durable, heat resistant ABS plastic and vented to ensure airflow, Tech Tubs® are secure, mobile and lightweight. Use your Original Tech Tub® Base Model for securely storing makerspace materials such robots, littleBits™ and tools.
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Tips for building successful STEM/STEAM Labs and Makerspaces
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.
Request feedback from other teachers on what kind of construction tools and materials will be needed before making your purchase.
Rally parents and teachers alike to pull together materials they may have lying around the house just waiting for a project.
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.