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an adaptive guide to creating your school’s STE(A)M and Makerspace


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creating the power to learn from mistakes uncover the unexpected think critically share ideas


why? we understand... curricula change. learning is messy. the school year is short. don’t let your buildings box you in.

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Providing a building within half the time of traditional construction, of premium quality, paired with flexible and engaging furniture palettes creates the ultimate maker learning environment


what’s inside: • why collaborative learning environments are important • what we define Think-Make-Learn & STE(A)M spaces to be • how we design and deliver custom environments to support collaboration and discovery • what elements we use to provide inspiring makerspaces • what details we address to make collaboration seamless


think: make: learn:

Once we are aligned with a maker mindset, we find that it is imperative that we begin to see maker education, STE(A)M learning, and makerspaces as having three distinct modes, providing students a place and time to THINK, a place and time to MAKE, and a place and time to LEARN. We must also accept that maker education is equally about analysis AND synthesis - it is about breaking challenges apart into smaller concepts, and piecing them back together in new ways to explore and consider the big picture. This means maker education is highly non-linear. It is an exploratory process akin to Design Thinking, where the messy journey is as much a learning experience as the resulting solutions. It means that learning will come as much in the form of hands-on successes and failures as much as it will from independent study, course lectures, or peer collaboration. Ultimately the success of your maker approach will be determined by your ability to offer both the time and place for your students to think independently, to creatively explore hands-on challenges, and to synthesize these experiences into knowledge and insights.


Make Together The maker experience is a shared experience and is magnified when you develop opportunities for students to collaborate and explore together. Steelcase, the global leader in commercial furnishings for corporate and educational environments, has conducted extensive research on collaboration and its effects on productivity, creativity, and knowledge sharing. They have identified three specific forms of collaboration which we have found also provide a deep insight into the maker experience.

3 Forms Of Student Collaboration

informative evaluative generative sharing | informing | presenting

reviewing | assessing | discussing

creating | brainstorming | making


Terminology & Vocabulary In speaking about Think-Make-Learn & STE(A)M spaces, there is a wide variance between “Lite” and “Deep”. We wanted to take the time to define what these terms mean and help you determine what your makerspace might be. While developing and defining what your makerspace is, keep in mind that it need not be one or the other. These spaces can be anywhere in the middle of the spectrum1--this is why it is essential to define your program & curriculum before implementing your space.

Lite - rapid prototyping - geared for “beginner” makerspaces - uses malleable materials like playdoh, pipe cleaners, & paper - no previous knowledge nor skill needed to use materials - supervision is advisable, but not required - uses materials that move at the speed of thought - encourages constructive problem solving

1 Thomas, P. & Good, C. (2016) “Think Make Learn: Makerspace Inspiration Guide”


From Play-Doh to 3D printers Create a space that can grow with your students and your curriculum. Start small and add features and tools as your program evolves. Assuring that your space is adaptable will allow you to do this successfully.

Deep - refining prototypes - geared towards advanced makerspaces - uses rigid materials like wood, metal, and plastics - prior knowledge & instruction needed for some machinery - plan for heavy machinery with ventilation and sight-lines - more durable finishes needed - supervision required


lite: how to collaborative learning center -project frog high performance building -voluminous spaces -abundant natural daylight -superior acoustics

learn areas for: -collaboration -instruction -ideating settings & features: -mobile furniture -integrated technology -multiple postures

make areas for: -active exploration -hands-on learning -prototyping settings & features: -natural light -flexible furniture -abundant storage -various postures -easy to maintain

think areas for: -discovery -focus -gaining insight settings & features: -casual lounge -study carrels -elements of privacy


lite: make abundant task lighting

natural light

wall storage

mobile & wall whiteboards

mobile furniture

durable architectural finishes durable furniture finishes for ease of maintenance


lite: think & learn mobile & wall whiteboards furniture easy to reconfigure

standing height posture

lounge posture for breakout & collaboration mobile storage provides division of space

carpet tile for acoustical value


lite elements excess of natural light enhances student engagement

abundant storage units, both wall mounted & mobile

furniture supports learning in multiple postures

open layout for seamless transition between activities

durable finishes for easy maintenance


deep: how to collaborative learning center -project frog high performance building -voluminous spaces -abundant natural daylight -superior acoustics

learn areas for: -collaboration -instruction -active learning settings & features: -mobile furniture -integrated technology -multiple postures -natural light

make areas for: -active exploration -hands-on learning -prototyping settings & features: -durability -flexible furniture -abundant storage -ventilation -upgraded electrical

think areas for: -discovery -focus -gaining insight settings & features: -casual lounge -study carrels -elements of privacy


deep: make built-in casework along perimeter for additional storage

mounted wall storage for tools

dedicated space for heavy machinery on exterior wall

4’ x 4’ MDF table tops for easy replacement

mobile storage for large items or student projects


deep: think & learn active learning space layout to support group work and collaboration

multiple postures for student autonomy lounge breakout space with adaptable parts for various levels of visual privacy

mobile whiteboards to divide spaces


deep elements mobile & wall whiteboards for easy access to collaborative tools

abundant access to power along perimeter

easy to accommodate integrated technology various storage units for materials, tools, & projects storage can also act as room divider

ventilation for laser cutter & other heavy machinery

multiple postures available for breakout think space static dissipative carpet tile available for heavy electronic makerspaces

vacuum & dust collecting system available for drills and routers

option for burn resistant flooring for solder


recap why making is important “Making is a mindset, not necessarily a space. Fundamental to that mindset is the belief that the world around us is malleable and that we can influence our environment through designing, building, tinkering, hacking and creatively solving problems in a hands-on manner. If these beliefs become core values in our students, true empowerment and ownership of their learning experiences might follow.” -Trevor Croghan, Director of Learning Environments, One Workplace “Making and testing ideas in the real world allows learners to see life as a series of open-ended problems. It gives them the power to learn from mistakes, share ideas in a visceral and tangible way, and uncover unexpected or unprecedented solutions.” -Christopher Good, Creative Director, One Workplace “Project Frog’s mission is to democratize education, to make sure that all students have access to the best learning environments by offering an affordable product. We believe that every child deserves the right to learn in inspiring environments that support and nurture their best selves.” -Marijke Smit, Senior Vice President, Project Frog “Human beings have been making since the beginning of time; it’s at the core of who we are and how we learn. If we bring that mindset into the classroom, extraordinary things can and will happen. We as designers, educators, and facilitators need only to provide support.” -Kate Rancourt, Creative Lead, One Workplace If you have any questions or just want to pick our brains, please feel free to reach out anytime. How to reach us:

Kate Rancourt

Marijke Smit

krancourt@oneworkplace.com

smit@projectfrog.com


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about us One Workplace One Workplace is dedicated to offering active learning solutions that provide students and instructors the tools they need to succeed. We have a passion for understanding how learning takes place and how smarter, active learning spaces can help. Spaces that help students connect, get inspired and achieve deeper learning. Solutions that help educators and institutions achieve better results. One Workplace integrates the latest furniture products, services and information available with new ideas in teaching and learning. We help create educational environments that support the process, the technology, and the work that people do every day, whether that work is researching, learning, developing, managing, or administering.

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resources great people and resources who can help you get your ste(a)m & makerspace off the ground

STE(A)M Spaces https://www.edsurge.com/news/2015-05-18-the-how-s-and-why-s-of-going-full-steam-ahead-in-your-classroom

Remake Learning : Art On Its Own http://remakelearning.org/blog/2015/08/27/art-on-its-own/

STEAM Education http://steamedu.com/

Think | Make | Learn : Makerspace Inspiration Guide http://www.oneworkplace.com/blog/think-make-learn-how-to-bring-maker-education-to-your-classroom/

One Workplace www.oneworkplace.com

Project Frog www.projectfrog.com


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Project Frog and One Workplace: Collaborative Learning Environments