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STEELCASE EDUCATION SOLUTIONS INTRODUCES NEW ACTIVE LEARNING SOLUTIONS

Verb takes action & iconic Node makes new moves

CHICAGO, July 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Steelcase Education Solutions launches today a first-of-its-kind table-based collection of classroom furniture, Verb™, and enhances its active learning chair, Node®, to college and university planners at SCUP’s 47th Annual International Conference & Idea Marketplace at Hyatt Regency Chicago. These award-winning solutions keep students and instructors collaborating and engaged.

“We’re helping turn the 21st century classroom into a more flexible environment that encourages students to learn in a variety of ways keeping them engaged with the content and fellow classmates,” said Sean Corcorran, general manager of Steelcase Education Solutions. “Verb gives students permission to share, build ideas and quickly transition among learning modes. At the same time, teachers can instruct from different positions in the room and seamlessly transition from lecture, group discussion and test mode. With a more flexible classroom, students are more engaged with the content and with each other, and more likely to be successful.”

The Word on Verb
Verb creates an integrated, table-based learning space with personal-sized, one-of-a-kind whiteboards throughout the classroom for instantaneous collaboration. The easy-to-access whiteboards provide a note-taking surface for students during group projects. They address an unspoken need: instead of huddling around a piece of paper, students write on what becomes an instant display board when sharing in front of their classmates. In addition, the whiteboards serve as space dividers during test time to ensure privacy. The whiteboards are made of e3™ ceramicsteel, a material that’s ultra-smooth, prevents ghosting and is virtually indestructible.

The three other components of Verb include:

The same insights and design language used for the award-winning Node chair were used when developing Verb. The two are designed to work together to provide the optimum active learning environment.

Node’s new look
The iconic classroom chair that has promoted student engagement and active learning since 2010 has even more features to help maximize student success:

Employing a unique, human-centered design research process, Steelcase has studied changes in education for years.

“Today’s classroom is changing, schools are using more collaborative teaching methods and fewer lecture-style modes in order to increase student success and learning,” said Dr. Lennie Scott Webber, director of educational environments for Steelcase Education Solutions. “As a result, Steelcase is responding to the need for mobile, flexible, comfortable, durable and sustainable learning environments with unique and innovative classroom solutions like Verb and Node.”

Verb is currently undergoing a lifecycle assessment and seeking BIFMA level™ 2 certification. The Node chair continues to be recognized for strong performance in sustainability.   Verb and Node are on display in Booth # 604 in the SCUP Exhibit Hall at the Hyatt Regency Chicago July 9-10, and in the Steelcase Education Solutions Showroom on the 3rd floor (Room 3-100) of the Merchandise Mart, Chicago, 5 to 7 p.m. July 10. For more information, please visit www.steelcase.com/educationsolutions.

About Steelcase Brand
For 100 years, Steelcase has been bringing human insight to business by studying how people work, wherever they work. Those insights and our solutions can help organizations achieve a higher level of performance by creating places that unlock the promise of people at work.

Steelcase is globally accessible through a network of channels, including store.steelcase.com and over 650 dealers worldwide. Our workplace research is published through the Steelcase 360 Magazine, 360.steelcase.com and 360 iPad® app.

About Steelcase Education Solutions
Steelcase Education Solutions is focused on helping schools, colleges and universities create the most effective, rewarding, and inspiring learning environments to help improve student success. We are a dedicated group within Steelcase focused exclusively on education. We are research and insights based and are driving innovation in furniture, tools and technologies for active learning spaces.

e³ is a trademark of PolyVision Corp.
level is a trademark of BIFMA.
iPad® is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.

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Verb in a collaborative group setting with the use of white boards
Verb in a collaborative group setting with the use of white boards
The redesigned Node Wave 3 now includes an adjustable base and a tablet arm to accommodate the growing use of technology in the classroom.
The redesigned Node Wave 3 now includes an adjustable base and a tablet arm to accommodate the growing use of technology in the classroom.
Steelcase’s table-based collection of classroom furniture, Verb™ , in classroom discussion mode
Steelcase’s table-based collection of classroom furniture, Verb™ , in classroom discussion mode

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