We plan to renovate the back area of the media center into an interactive STEAM Lab classroom. This space will include mobile furniture, a fully equipped media cart, and interactive boards, such as whiteboard, green/blue screens, and a chalkboard.

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STEAM Lab Classroom

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School:
Williams Middle School 
Category:
Stem 
Teacher/
Administrator:
Kathleen Daniels 
 
188030 
Students Impacted:
829 
Grade Levels Impacted:
6-8 
Date:
November 6, 2018

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Only $1,820.00 Needed

 

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Project Goal

We plan to renovate the back area of the media center into an interactive STEAM Lab classroom. This space will include mobile furniture, a fully equipped media cart, and interactive boards, such as whiteboard, green/blue screens, and a chalkboard.  

 

How Project Benefits Students

The mission of our school is to inspire students to engage in academic rigor as they pursue knowledge and skills to be lifelong learners. We aim to empower our students to become knowledgeable, caring, and engaged global scholars who make positive contributions in the world around them. To effectively do this, we must renovate outdated areas of our school. Our county continues to grow and in the new schools being built there are new spaces that aim to help foster creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving. These spaces can have many different names, some Makerspaces, STEAM Labs, Reading Labs, and more. These spaces are equipped with new technology, mobile furniture, and several stations for students to interact and collaborate. We have a very large media center, already filled with a reading section, an interactive flat panel for presentations on one side that seats 64 students, and a computer lab. In the back, separated by a divider, is a vacant classroom area. There are 8 large wooden tables to seat 30 students in bulky and heavy wooden chairs. The current furniture in that section has outlived its usefulness and it is beginning to splinter in some pieces. We also have a mounted whiteboard on one of the walls in that area and a portable projector. However, we do not have any extra computers or other technology to hook up to that projector. We began renovation of the media center last year with moving around the computer lab and investing in a movable makerspace area in the middle of the media center. Our next step is to renovate this unused classroom area so students and teachers can finally utilize the space. We want students and teachers of all subject areas to use the space. It is important to us to have this space be as flexible and interactive as possible to facilitate a wide range of purposes. As soon as we receive funding for any of the portions of the project, we will begin work on the renovation. Some of the resources needed in this project are being funded by other current stakeholders, such as NJHS. 

 

Expected Outcome(s)

The funding of this project will have a direct correlation in helping all teachers at our site prepare our students for not only state FSA exams, but also success in extra curriculars, such as Robotics, Student Government, National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), Model United Nations, Future Business Leaders of America, and teacher professional development. The concept of the STEAM Lab serves to incorporate the multi-disciplinary approach to service all the different uses. Parents, community stakeholders, students, teachers, and staff will use this space for the betterment of our students learning. Specific potential uses are: SLAM digital creation, video creation using green and blue screen for class projects, flexible seating and grouping with all classes, and organizational and mind-mapping lessons. 

 

Detailed Cost Summary

The different shaped tables with chairs on castors will enable students and teachers to create flexible grouping and seating with ease. The storage caddies and chalkboard/whiteboard markers will help organize all of the resources that students can use on the interactive walls once the shelves are taken down, as well as on the marker-board table tops. 

 

Items

# Item Description Total Cost
1 Artco Bell Discover Expanse Table (2) $494.00
2 Artco Bell Discover Nebula Marker Board Table (2) $600.00
3 Artco Bell Discover 18” chair (15) $420.00
4 Artco Bell Casters for tables (4) $76.00
5 Storage Caddies $30.00
6 Chalkboard/Whitebaoard writing utensils (4) $200.00
  Total: $1,820.00

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Only $1,820.00 Needed

 

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