Science Classroom Decorating Ideas
Right now, the world is wide open for kids who love science. But if students don’t feel connected with STEM topics (science, technology, engineering, and math) by 5th grade, 92% of males and 97% of females will lose interest in these subjects.
Educational decorations for the science classroom can help motivate kids to investigate the field of science — and excel in their learning. With stimulating designs and easy-to-read layouts, kids will be naturally drawn to observe the information presented on each visual display.
In this article, we’ll take a look at science-friendly classroom decorating ideas that can inspire young minds to create research questions, design experiments, and master the fundamentals. Let’s dive right in!
Using the Classroom to Inspire a Passion for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
Teachers are constantly wondering: “How do I get my students to actually retain knowledge?” or, “How can I get my students to engage with this lesson?”
While lesson planning and meeting those key “learning outcomes” of a curriculum are important, every educator dreams of opening a student’s eyes to the beauty of a subject or watching the way their eyes light up when they finally, viscerally, connect the dots on a problem they were struggling to solve.
It’s why many educators do what they do.
But smart lesson plans are not the only way to accomplish this goal. In fact, a key component of supporting a student’s educational journey is through their learning environment — and the elements of a classroom’s design have a lot to do with that.
Specifically, classrooms that support the best outcomes for their students include elements that support a learner-centered, knowledge-centered, and assessment centered environments.
Here are the essential hallmarks of these three principles for an effective classroom design:
- Learner-centered: Environments that pay careful attention to the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and beliefs that learners bring to the educational setting.
- Knowledge-centered: Environments that help students become knowledgeable by learning in ways that lead to understanding. Instruction focuses on understanding what students’ initial preconceptions about the subject matter. From here, it focuses on the kinds of information and activities that help learners develop a lasting understanding of disciplines.
- Assessment-centered: Environments that provide opportunities for feedback and revision. Assessments should be aligned with learning goals.
As it turns out, this is a significant benefit for both learners and educators. It means that the decisions that you, as the educator, make about the environment can make a huge difference for your students’ learning success.
On the other end of the spectrum, learners can feel empowered because these decisions about what to include in a classroom to support knowledge and assessment is “learner” centered. In other words, it’s about how students are responding and the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and beliefs that they bring to the environment.
“Research has found that learning environments play a crucial role in student success. Several factors can affect learning ability, including seating, light, noise, and even colour. Students who study in a positive learning environment have been shown to be more motivated, engaged, and have a higher overall learning ability.” — How Surroundings Affect the Way You Study, Ella Hendrix
Knowing this, educators like you can do a lot with powerful classroom decorations. And that’s especially important when it comes to STEM subjects — only 6% of seniors in high school pursue STEM subjects in college. While the need for quality scientists rises, the number of students who enter the field remains low.
However, science classroom decorations can help ignite a passion for the subject in a fun and highly accessible way. The more exposure students have to STEM at a young age, the more likely it is that they will contemplate choosing a science-related career as they mature.
4 Learner-Centered Science Classroom Decoration Ideas
Sproutbrite’s collection of vivid classroom posters will keep students thinking about scientific principles and facts while in the classroom. Students can observe the visual information presented in the decor from any seat in the room!
Here are some excellent posters you can use to decorate classroom walls and encourage young minds to investigate the world around them.
When it’s time to introduce students to the scientific method, start with Sproutbrite’s Stem Engineering Design Poster Pack. This colorful pack of decorations uses fun, quirky robots to teach younger children the basic principles used to investigate the world of science.
These posters introduce STEM to elementary students using a kid-friendly and eye-catching design that makes science and engineering look fun. With unique characters and bright colors, students are bound to think about ways they can ask, imagine, plan, create, and improve things in the world around them.
When you need a more detailed description of the scientific method, look no further than the Classroom Science Banner. Sproutbrite designed this comprehensive visual display to provide students with essential steps for exploring research questions.
Not only does this set include an easy-to-read visual aid for the scientific method, but it also exposes students to other fundamental principles within science. The Science Matters Poster pulls information from the periodic table, which exposes students to five elements: Scandium, Iodine, Europium, Nitrogen, and Cerium.
Exposing students to these essential principles early on will increase a student’s interest in scientific discoveries!
#2: Celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
Statistics indicate that most students lose interest in STEM topics without repeated exposure before 5th grade. Before science teachers can address this problem and inspire kids to pursue knowledge in the science classroom, students should know what STEM stands for.
Students are exposed to STEM topics repeatedly throughout their education, but not everyone knows that the acronym refers to science, technology, engineering, and math.
This rainbow banner pack displays key tasks involved in STEM and uses fun words like “experimenting,” “achieving,” and “formulating” to entice students into classroom participation.
Sproutbrite’s STEM Banner Pack takes the visual display one step further by including pictures of tools associated with each category. Scientific instruments, rulers, microscopes — students can expect to use all of these items when exploring STEM topics during science lab experiments.
#3: STEM Principles with a Creative Twist
Students might be surprised to learn that art can be incorporated into STEM topics. Artistic individuals show creativity and imagination, two important traits to have when designing experiments and investigating hypotheses.
A crucial part of learning science is imagining new ways to handle problems, exploring possible solutions, and engaging with materials to design experiments — which are all tasks related to art, too!
Sproutbrite’s STEAM Banner Pack puts a new spin on STEM topics by including Art as a prominent feature. The rainbow of colors encourages students to look and identify with different descriptive words. Every student can find at least one word that will spark an interest in science!
Use this vivid visual display to show students that science is a multidisciplinary study with tons of opportunities for creativity!
#4: Learning About the Solar System
Science isn’t just designing experiments and testing hypotheses — it’s also learning about space exploration and the universe surrounding us. Earth is full of unknowns, and there are potential scientific discoveries everywhere we look, but the universe holds trillions of planets just waiting to be discovered!
Inspire your class to reach for the stars with this highly detailed Solar System Classroom Banner Pack from Sproutbrite. Students will love discovering facts about the planets and the innovative technology created by scientists to explore the Milky Way galaxy.
Each poster contains a wealth of information in a powerful, galactic display.
One poster demonstrates the planets’ positioning in our solar system, moons in each planet’s orbit, and asteroid belts. The second poster supplements the planetary alignment visual with detailed facts about each planet's discovery and atmospheric conditions.
The final poster in Sproutbrite’s Solar System Banner Pack covers innovative scientific space probes and telescopes that have propelled space discovery. Show students that science has a vast realm of possibilities, from investigating the smallest particle in the universe to discovering new stars in the galaxy.
Sproutbrite’s collection of posters, bulletin board kits, and classroom door decorations intended to enhance learning and the master of concepts in science classes. From the scientific method to the details of the solar system, these eye-catching visual aids will have students pondering science’s fundamental principles and ideas and approaching the world with a more inquisitive mind.
Classroom decorations are the ideal conduit for inspiring a passion for STEM subjects because they’re highly useful: at a glance, students can reference posters designed to reinforce their learning with the most essential and necessary concepts. The key is to make the basic ideas behind the scientific process come alive and allow them to feel more comfortable with these subject areas.
So whether you’re looking to decorate a science lab, a homeschool science center, or a STEM-themed classroom, Sproutbrite’s high-quality visual displays brighten up a student’s learning space and support memory retention.
Explore Sproutbrite’s collection of best-selling products to find more vibrant, easy-to-read, informational decorations to add to your classroom walls today.