To further student interest in STEAM methodologies, Oakland Public Schools hired LAN Associates to design a new STEAM Lab within Heights Elementary School. LAN was challenged with redesigning a space that previously served as administrative offices into a lab that allows maximum flexibility, student choice, and innovation.
One side of the room was designed with a full height whiteboard wall allowing teachers and students to sketch ideas while following curriculum methodologies. On the opposite side, a vertical LEGO wall and mobile makerspace carts invite students to explore three-dimensional building in a unique and engaging way. In the center of the room, rearrangeable tables and chairs allow groups of students to collaborate and work on early prototypes of designs.
With overhead cord reels highlighted by a series of colorful blue “clouds,” students can plug in devices and tools throughout the space. Finally, a solo build area which can be viewed from the corridor, allowing students outside the room a glimpse into the space to pique interests in the creative inspiration of students’ work. A few steps below the main learning space, the STEAM Lab is adjoined to a large storage area for students and maker equipment.
Oakland Public Schools
Oakland, New Jersey