As humans we are learning everyday. Whatever your age, your learning will be affected by the space that you’re in and the environment around you when you study. So if you’re looking to create the best learning space for your students, whatever age, how can you help to their stimulate minds in the best way possible?
What is STEM?
STEM Australia has a vision to increase the choices and chances given to young people through science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Their teams are aiming to overhaul the current approach Australia takes to teaching these subjects – so why not consolidate these efforts by choosing specially designed STEM furniture?
STEM furniture is designed specifically to meet the needs of the curriculum being taught. The design focuses specifically on :
- student engagement
- the encouragement of collaboration.
This can range from flexible furniture, which can be arranged in a variety of ways, to multi use pieces that can adapt to new technology.
To create dynamic and inspiring places to integrate the STEM learning approach is to give teachers the best possible background for student success.
Know Your Demographic
Although there are certain beneficial factors to learning, such as natural light and open spaces, you can’t truly create the best space for learning without knowing the type of person who will be learning there.
- For children, learning can occur in the most magical spaces. From award winning tree houses deep in the English countryside to circular rooms designed for story times and setting student engagement goals.
It’s also important to consider the furniture used in child learning spaces. Remember their height and strength and consider things such as the children’s spinner for presenting reading books.
- For teenagers, the environment can have a huge effect on their capacity to learn. Teachers at award winning Brisbane Grammar School feel that the thoughtful fusion of design has helped students to both collaborate more and to strive for independence in their learning styles.
Products such as unilockers can be great for teenagers- giving them a space where they can have their possessions or learning resources. These are easily adapted to have coat and shoe rails also leading them to many different purposes.
- For adults, the spaces set aside for learning are often havens of peace and study. In Italy, the Collegio San Carlo is an excellent example of how to bring together aesthetics and functionality. Its stunning architecture alongside endless learning resources that are well organised and easily found is an impressive combination.
In adult learning spaces, curvatures can be an excellent option for creative mobile shelving units. These can be broken down or built up to suit different spaces and add a natural flow to any space.
How Do You Start To Plan a Space?
Before you begin, ask yourself some questions about what you want to achieve from the space:
- Who will use the space and for what type of learning?
- Are there specific requirements such as space for equipment or a need for natural light?
- What kind of learning environment are you seeking to achieve?
- How do you want people to feel when they are experiencing your learning space?
- Will the space be subjected to lots of wear and tear from young children or will users be older?
- What’s the budget that you can allocate to this project?
Resource Furniture has established a highly successful approach to service and design – based upon being :
One of the key philosophies for successful projects is the humanising of spaces in order to connect them with people who will be there, often on a daily basis.
Why not take advantage of the Space Planning Service offered by Resource Furniture? This will help you to see a clear visual representation of the most crucial elements of creating an effective learning environment.
Always take the advice of experienced professionals. You can gain a huge amount working with teams which include:
- Interior Specialists
- Teachers and Lecturers
- Project Managers
So, if you want to find out how to create the best spaces to learn – for students of any age, in any location, follow these simple steps:
- Consider your needs and ask yourself questions
- Speak to Resource Furniture and our expert team
- Create, Teach and Inspire