Key points:

STEM labs are engaging environments that encourage exploration

With the right tools and supports, students develop and grow 21st-century skills

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education is focused on developing students’ skills and connecting these subject areas, preparing them for future careers and the real world. It’s a key area of teaching worldwide and thousands of schools are now investing in learning spaces specifically designed to support STEM–called STEM labs.

What is a STEM Lab?

A STEM lab is a learning environment where students, irrespective of grade, can come together and actively participate in hands-on or practical STEM learning. These educational spaces encourage active learning and problem solving. In these STEM laboratories, students can develop their science, engineering, and mathematics skills by using technology to create, collaborate, and complete projects–learning and applying knowledge to find new solutions.

Imagine a technology-enhanced learning environment where everything is student-centred and supports theme and project-based learning–that’s a STEM lab!

Designing a STEM Lab – What Equipment Should You Include?

It’s important when selecting the equipment to include in a STEM lab that the focus is on what can help students develop their mathematical and problem-solving skills. Consider how different technologies can be used in collaboration. This can be anything from simple wooden blocks to 3D printers and virtual reality headsets.