Students across the world spend most of their day-to-day lives in classrooms or homes. So parents, guardians, and teachers do small projects to add fun and beauty to their homes and classrooms. You might not think it, but a lot of these ideas work equally well in both homes and classrooms.
Don’t believe us? Then check out these 20 school inventions that work just as well in your home.
1. Scrubbing gauntlets
These gloves were made to clean pots and pants in a home-ec class without risking young palms getting covered in grease. We can’t imagine that this wouldn’t be a hit with parents looking for an easy way to stay clean while taking care of their dishes. The scrubbing motion also would feel more fun making it easier to talk younger children into doing their part.
2. Warm welcome from all angles
This protractor themed mat is a great addition to any mathematics classroom. It’s bright design does more than provide an interesting eye-catching addition to any room. It sets a definite tone for what children can expect when they arrive, but it also helps get young minds to think about angles. Students who enjoy math or need a little inspiration to get their math homework done might also benefit from this uniquely designed mat.
3. A literal pocket protector
Many schools have problems with kids walking out with donated calculators. While it’s great that children can perform calculations whenever they need, this can cost schools a ton of money in supplies. So this clever teacher attaches their calculators to plans of wood.. Now there’s no way you can accidentally take this office supply.
4. Open a book, take a look
One high school had to think outside of the box with this decoration idea. By painting their lockers to resemble book spines, it gives students a constant reminder about the library. Students might also spot an interesting sounding title and get in the mood to read that book on their own time. There’s also something fun about opening up “Treasure Island” to grab your lunch.
5. Charge safely
This university has caught up to the modern day in a really big way. Not only are these charging locker stations a great way to safeguard your electronics, but they provide a safe place to stash them during major exams. We love how its freely available as well since many university students live off-campus. These students will never have to leave their phones at home.
6. The silent shush
This library uses colorful electronic sound indicators to help students see if they are being too noisy. It goes from green to red to offer a visual reminder to be considerate of other students who may be studying for the big mid-term or final. Wonder if anyone uses this during student council meetings to make sure every voice can be heard? Whatever the case, it’s better than being shushed by a well-meaning librarian.
7. Skater respect
We bet Tony Hawk wishes he had these at his school growing up. This skateboard locker is just a smart way to keep your board safe throughout the school day without having to lug it around from room to room. What’s really clever about this idea is that it’s just the next step from the bike racks that are so common just about everywhere else. Finally, skaters can have the same considerations that BMX fans do.
8. Education in the fast lane
This idea makes so much sense, we wonder why no one else thought of it. Now kids can go up and down the steps at their own pace with these handy aisle indicators. Now you’ll never have the awkward problem of getting stuck behind someone who’s texting a friend. Imagine having these aisle markers in other places.
9. NBA Jam school edition
Everyone has pretended they were their favorite basketball star at least once when tossing paper balls in the trash. So why not make it a fun game? This university has added hoops over their trash cans so students are less likely to just leave trash lying around on the ground. We wonder if students keep track of their score or smile when they land a nothing-but-net shot.
10. Baby on (school) board
In today’s age, mothers and fathers can’t always find a babysitter to watch out for their children. so this university has brought in these strap-in cars to make transporting babies and smaller children easy. It’s really just a common idea brought to universities, but it makes a lot of sense. We bet parents and guardians are thankful for the accomodations.
11. Pop open a cool book
You won’t find soda pop in this school’s vending machine project. It’s apparently part of a token program where students can earn token that will let them buy their choice of books. It uses the power of choice and the promise of rewards to encourage students to buy books and read more. Let’s just hope the spindles never get stuck, since that would be sure to give Goosebumps.
12. A mural with a sight gag
This book mural is a great attractive way to encourage and remind students about reading. Not only is there a wide variety of classic literature on display, but it also has a clever sight gag. Did you notice where the fire extinguisher is? Fans of this classic Ray Bradbury novel will certainly smile when they notice it.
13.The most useful vending machine
We’ve all been to class and ran short of supplies. It’s never any fun to ask if we can borrow pens and erasers from our friends and some students don’t want to rely on their teachers. That’s why this school came up with a variation on a common idea. Just go down to the vending machine for your choice of school supplies.
14. The flashcards you can walk all over
Math has a lot of different formulas and it can be difficult keeping them all straight. That’ why this school printed the most difficult formulas along the stairwells where passing students can see them. These work just like flash cards by providing a visual reminder of the formulas without the need to force the lesson. Can you imagine this being done for other subject areas?
15. Seeing is learning
Any teacher will tell you that every student is different. While some can learn by reading or doing, others need a visual aid to copy. That’s why this cooking instructor added a mirror above her work station so students could see what she does and follow along.
16. Curling up to a mystery book date
If you love surprises, then you’ll adore this clever blind date with a book idea. By wrapping novels inside of book paper, students will ahve the thrill of purchasing books that they might not have thoguht reading otherwise. It could be your new favorite book or something you make fun of when you’re done. But whatever happens, it’s going to be a treat!
17. Let’s table(t) this discussion
This classroom is making use of tablet technology in a very big way. By giving students the chance to use their fingers to draw, write, and examine lessons, it offers a new way to engage different styles of learning. You might think tablets could only be used for art learning, but imagine what it could do for in-class reading? We bet it won’t be long before this becomes standard in more schools.
18. Slides and starwells
No you aren’t looking at a theme park ride. This is an actual slide installed at a technical institute in Munich. It gives tudents a fast and fun way to go from floor to floor and creates a visual wonder to stimulate young minds as they go from class to class. Homes with upper floor decks could use these slides to make going outside way more fun!
19. More than meets the lunch
This unique lunchbox design was patented in 1987 to serve as a fun transforming lunch box. All it would take is opening a certain compartment to let the lunch box shift into a robot form. Not only can your own transformer keep your lunch safe, but you’ll have a toy on hand when you need a distraction. We wonder if it ever went into production.
20. The pringles popper
Pringles may be one of hte most popular chips, but they can be a pain to munch on. The borrow few chips always end up cracked or crunched leading to a mess no one wants. So this invention makes chips time a lot simpler with a handy way of lifting chips up. Once you pop you might not stop.
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