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Monday, July 13, 2015

Maker Station/STEAM Supplies

Collecting, organizing, and caring for supplies is important to successful STEAM study and classroom success.

What supplies do you collect? How do you organize those supplies?

A good first step in this process is to simply list the supplies. Next, begin collecting as much as you can from recyclables, second-hand stores, and building/supply companies.

Also, you'll need a place to store all these supplies.

I drafted a list of supplies below. I've also collected four main storage units including rolling metal shelves, plastic file drawers, rolling plastic bins, and other plastic containers. It's great to choose supplies with wheels since you often have to reconfigure a classroom when working on big projects.


It takes lots of time upfront to organize the supplies, but it's worth the effort. I find that separating the supplies a bit gives the materials different definitions. For example the typical classroom supplies will be stored in one area while math materials and STEA/Maker supplies will be in two other locations in the classroom. Students will be able to use all materials when needed, but by separating the locations you ensure that there's not too much material confusion, intermixing, or crowds

Classroom Materials: STEAM, Maker Station, and Learning Supplies.


Classroom Learning Supplies
thick markers
pencils
colored pencils
scissors
thin markers
pencil sharpeners
paper clips
brass fasteners
stickers
labels
index cards
lined paper
graph paper
notebooks
clip boards
white boards
erasers



Math Manipulatives, Tools, and Paper
rulers
measuring tape
protractors
compasses
pattern blocks
unifix cubes
cuisenaire rods
drawing
templates
coins
fraction models
dice
calculators


Adhesives and Building Materials
blocks
k’nex
legos
cardboard
glue sticks
glue guns
clear tape
duct tape
screws and nails
liquid glue
packing tape
paint tape
masking tape
tools





More Maker Supplies
balloons
plastic bottles
wooden
skewers
clay
Makey
Makey
little bits
wire
plastic containers
paint
paint brushes
beads and shiny objects
fabric
old toys
(for deconstruction)
Stickers
old electronics
tissue paper
colored paper
balls (big
and small)
plastic/
cardboard
tubes
straws of all sizesplastic jar lids of all sizes


Naturalist Supplies
plastic bags
magnifying lenses
iPad Packs (made w/duct tape)
guide books
seeds
pots
soil
notebooks
water testing kits
thermometers