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 spaces Prototyping & Creating Media CentersStorage options

NEW! Helpful layouts to plan your space

Four different layouts show you how our products fit into a dedicated STEM/STEAM Lab, an in-class makerspace nook and an area in a library. 

1. STEM/STEAM dedicated space

2. Corner of a library or media center

3. Grade K-3 Classroom

4. Grade 4+ Classroom

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.

STEM Maker Station

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!

Dual Duty Teaching Easel STEM Math Lesson Dual Duty Teaching Easels

Why have a charging cart and an easel taking up room when you can have this space-saving hybrid? It’s designed to make the most of every inch in the classroom by combining technology storage and charging with a traditional teaching easel and moves easily around a flexible learning environments.

Dual Duty Teaching Easel - holds 32 devices

NEW Dual Duty Teaching Easel -  holds 24 devices

NEW Dual Duty Teaching Easel -  holds 20 devices

Dual Duty Teaching Easel - holds 12 devices

Dual Duty Teaching Easel - holds 6 devices

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Deluxe Chart Stand STEM activity

 

Deluxe Chart Stand

This double-sided chart stand allows for two groups of students to collaborate. There are lower quality imitations out there, but this original chart stand is built to last!

NEW! See how the new packaging saves time and the environment!

Watch the unboxing video.

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Premium Royal Inspiration Station STEM

Inspiration Station

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. 

Premium Inspiration Station

Base Model Inspiration Station 

Where to Buy

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

This cart’s sturdy frame and casters protect your investment and make it easy to move while keeping everything you need close at hand.

Premium 3D Printer Cart

Base Model 3D Printer Cart

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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.

Individual Tech Tubs

Now with improved cable managment and easy-to-use pull out tray! Tech Tub2® store and charge iPads®, Chromebooks™ or a combination of both. Easily transportable; these tubs can go just about anywhere, even field trips. They are ideal for schools that share devices or for 1:1 environments and they can be placed around the classroom to ease deployment bottlenecks. 

Meet the Tech Tub2 Family

Tech Tub2 - holds 6 devices

Tech Tub2 - Wall Mount - holds 6 devices

Tech Tub2 - holds 10 devices

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iRover2™ for Interactive Flat Panels

Perfect for moving around flexible learning spaces and the electric lift accommodates students of all ages and abilities.


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Dewey the Document Camera Stand

Dewey’s sturdy frame sets up quickly, mounts to surfaces and the microscope engages students with an up-close experience for science activites. It can also be used for creating video with a green screen or stop motion animation. See how schools are using Dewey

Dewey the Document Camera Stand with Microscope and Light

Dewey the Document Camera Stand

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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.

Tech Tub2® Modular Carts

These lightweight Modular Carts move effortlessly over thresholds making it easy to share sets of 24 or 32 devices throughout a school. With a new tub-to-tub locking mechanism, the tubs lock together securing all the devices in the cart. For use within a classroom or placed in a central location where individual tubs can be signed out.

Meet the Tech Tub2 Family

Tech Tub2 Modular Cart - holds 24 devices

Tech Tub2 Stacking Cart -  holds 24 devices

Tech Tub2 Modular Cart - holds 32 devices

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Tech Tub Base Model

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.

Where to Buy

Book Browser Cart STEM Storage Book Browser Carts

These carts are the ideal height for students and teachers to easily access materials. Tubs include the perfect spot for a label (labels not included) and can be used to color code Lego® and other maker and STEM materials. This cart can hold up to 90lbs and is built of tough stuff! For in-class use only.

Cart with 9 Large Open Tubs

Cart with 18 Small Open Tubs

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Library on Wheels hold STEM/STEAM materials Library on Wheels

These sturdy carts were designed for schools and classrooms to make the transportation of books easy and effortless, but what we've noticed is eduators using these carts in their Makerspaces to hold all sorts of materials including color coding Lego® and other maker and STEM materials.  This cart can hold up to 90lbs and with its large casters, it can be moved throughout a school.

Cart with 9 Large Open Tubs

Cart with 18 Small Open Tubs

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Storage Room Organizers

They are not glamorous but they work! These organizers are great for storing in-progress work and materials. They can be assembled vertically (pictured) or horizontally and come in a variety of color combinations. Each tub can hold 10 lbs.

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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.