Gratnells, best known for Britain’s most widely used range of storage systems and iconic trays, has introduced its latest Maker range to a Future Classroom Lab (FCL) in Brussels.
The newly-refurbished FCL demonstrates the practice of learning zones, including a Create zone, where Maker activities take place and many leading brands of STEM resources are featured including Lego, MakeBlock and Pasco Scientific. Over 2000 teachers each year visit the Brussels FCL for CPD training, to learn about the direction of development for classrooms in the 21st century – mobile, flexible, modular, multi-disciplinary, interactive, collaborative, etc.
Launched in 2018, the MakerSpace trolley responds to the growing need in STEM education for practical storage solutions that can help promote a collaborative way of working. It picked up a Worlddidac Award in 2018, a second International Award earlier this year at the GESS Education Awards and is fast becoming the storage solution of choice for many STEM kit producers.
As a supporting Partner of FCL, Gratnells products will be promoted as an example of flexible working environments. Its MakerSpace trolley was particularly chosen to support the great interest in STEM education across Europe and alongside the MakerHub and Callero Plus trollies, will be used in conjunction with products from several customers, such as MakeBlock and Pasco, who use the Gratnells tray as their primary kit packaging, making them completely compatible with the trolleys.
At a meeting of advisors, teachers and ambassadors at FCL in Brussels, Gratnells International Marketing Director, Richard Picking, was told that “the MakerSpace trolley and the supporting Callero trolleys were an ideal solution for flexible working environments” and that the attendees would like to see more examples being used at other FCL locations across Europe.
Richard commented: “We are absolutely delighted that our Maker family is featured amongst other leading brands at FCL in Brussels and hope to expand our association to more of the 40 other venues in Europe.”