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Bright Ideas Blog

Our blog is a great resource for anyone looking to get new ideas for school furniture and school equipment we sell. Many schools, colleges, and universities purchase products from us but set them up differently for their unique needs.  Browse our posts below and let us know if we can help you with a design session or your school has a specific need that you’d like to get a consultation for.

Interior Concepts

STEM Lab & Classroom Makerspace Carts

Makerspace fitted with carts from Interior Concepts

STEM curriculum is not a novel concept in the United States education system.  However, with a workforce landscape that is evolving each year, and an increased need for people with complex problem-solving skills, the importance of STEM disciplines continues to grow. 

In fact, the U.S Department of Education released a five-year plan in late 2018 that focuses on providing all schools with the resources and tools necessary to offer STEM programming at a high level.  It has become very clear that the skills and knowledge gained from this type of educational curriculum remain top priority and importance moving forward.

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Interior Concepts

Unique Classroom Seating Options from Fomcore

Classroom furnished with unique seating options from Fomcore

Comfortable is not a word often associated with 2020. Changes in routines, strict guidelines, and uncertainty have disrupted comfort levels across the globe.

Educational institutions have not been immune either. However, schools are doing their best to reconcile this by bringing in furniture for their students and staff that is both highly functional and extremely comfortable.

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AT Equipment Repairs

Gymnasium Inspections for a Safe Classroom Alternative

School Gymnasium in New York

The year 2020 has proven difficult for everyone. Quite possibly, the education industry has been the hardest hit in terms of the need for completely restructuring the existing system and daily operations.

Schools are not only having to decide whether to offer virtual or blended learning. If they choose to bring students and staff back in the building, they must also rethink the traditional classroom set up to be able to provide a safe space for learning.

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AT Equipment

Stage Curtains For Schools: A 2020-2021 Buying Guide

School Auditorium with Red Stage Curtains

School auditoriums come in a range of shapes and sizes, so measuring for curtains can be difficult. In addition, there are a multitude of curtain styles, finishes and fabric choices. Lastly, budgets for the arts in education are constantly shrinking, adding an extra level of difficulty when making selections.

Furnishing your auditorium with new curtains can add so much to the aesthetics and overall atmosphere, so we have tried to make all these choices easier. We will walk you through how to pick the best curtain for your school stage, going over the types of curtains, fabric selection and how to determine size requirements.

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Sneeze Guard by SAFCO: A Safer Alternative for In-Person Interactions

Safeco Sneeze Guard

Changing times bring the need of changing strategies. Because of COVID-19, companies have had to pivot to keep up with rapidly changing healthcare guidelines.

As a result, there has been an influx of new technologies.

One of these innovations is the portable, freestanding sneeze guard by SAFCO. The sneeze guard provides a safer alternative for necessary in-person interactions by limiting contact and the chance of passing the virus through respiratory droplets.

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AT Equipment

The Effects of COVID-19 on Educational Institutions

Since February 2020, we have seen the effects of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States.

Our favorite retailers, restaurants, mom-and-pop shops, and even schools have closed down in the name of “social distancing” in order to keep us safe from the rapid spread of COVID-19. Of all the organizations affected, the institutions that have had to change the fastest are school systems!

From distance teaching to e-learning, and even virtual commencement, these are the effects of COVID-19 on educational institutions

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SAFFE Furniture

SAFFE Furniture for Collaborative Spaces in Schools

The collaborative learning approach encourages students to work together when solving problems. Gone are the days of traditional individual desk setups in classrooms.

Steps are being taken to continuously develop new products that create an atmosphere of collaboration among students.

With help from companies like SAFFE Furniture, collaborative learning spaces in schools are now becoming more common– benefiting both teachers and students.

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