At the end of the year (April 2016) I asked my Instructional Director about the possibility of doing a STEAM lab instead of a computer lab in all of my buildings. She scaled it down and asked that I choose one building - one that already had an extra room - and pilot it there. She shared that there was no money to help with the start up of the lab so I would have to track down a grant.
Donor's Choose helped me find a matching grant and the PTO at AES gave me $2500 which allowed me a total of $5000 for start up funds. Our chromebooks were $3000 themselves.
I put together this room with all the love I have for my profession. I have been told by several persons in the school that my room is the most fun one in the building!
Ladies and Gentlemen, my STEAM lab!