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Idea Factory


Welcome to the Idea Factory where you can create visuals, manipulatives and more to enhance your lesson plans and teaching.

Eligible Users

Eligible users include:

  • Students and Faculty in the Reich College of Education
    • Present your AppCard
    • Per semester supply limits are posted in the Idea Factory
  • Teachers employed in North Carolina public school districts


View the IMC Webpage for current Idea Factory hours.

Virtual Idea Factory

Can't make it to campus?

Visit the Virtual Idea Factory LibGuide to find resources for digital creation.


The Idea Factory is housed in room 031 of the Instructional Materials Center (lower level of Belk Library).


Look for Fred!  He's located right outside the Idea Factory.


Supply Limits

Supply limits run for the entire academic year.

  • Paper - 25 sheets
  • Laminate - 25 pouches
  • Prints - 25 (each side)
  • Body Shapes - 5
  • Fabric/Foam/Felt - 10 sheets
  • Comb Binder - 10 combs

Craft Tools & Supplies

The Idea Factory has a variety of craft tools and supplies including:

  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Stickers
  • Sequins
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Colored Pencils
  • Paint
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Index Cards
  • Yarn


Hot and Cold laminators are available to preserve your projects.

Hot Laminators can handle materials up to 11.5x17

Cold Laminators can handle longer materials.


The Idea Factory has many types of paper available for you.

  • Construction Paper
  • Cardstock
  • Patterned Paper
  • Felt Sheets
  • Foam Sheets
  • Poster Board
  • Chalkboard Paper
  • Butcher Paper

Die Cuts

The Idea Factory houses over 800 Ellison Diecuts; including 7 different letter options and diecuts for every subject/occasion.

Comb Binder

A comb binder is available to bind projects together with a plastic comb and covers.

Even More!

Other tools available in the Idea Factory include:

  • a color printer
  • desktop computer
  • paper cutters
  • hole punch/3 hole punch
  • label printer