As schools seek to cultivate new competencies, we find that the traditional classroom arrangements are not conducive to collaborative and project-based learning. These spaces often lack the tools, storage and flexibility needed for effective and sustained work. Our school has had a few electives and several projects consistent with the goals and practices of STEAM, including Introduction to Computer Programming, Playing with Light, Robotics and Design Science courses, and the Physics 500, Eggdrop and Phat Physics projects. Despite the lack of dedicated space, proper equipment or storage, teachers and students have worked at the margins of their classrooms, in the squash courts and in the midst of already busy art studios, moving their work from hallway to classroom, and back again. The efficacy of the learning experience and quality of the work often suffers from the lack of sustained attention that would be afforded by a well-organized and equipped project-based laboratory/studio/workshop space. How much more effective would the teaching and learning be if students could work on tables, in a well illuminated and ventilated space, with tools and materials to suit their goals, with space for collaboration, critique and reflection, places to store their work without damaging it, and the opportunity to return reliably to the work the next day? The introduction of the 1:1 laptop program has increased opportunities for project-based learning. Teachers are developing new competencies and strategies and evolving curricula to cultivate more critical thinking, collaboration and innovation. The IDEA LAB would support the evolution of our educational community.