Design Consideration for School Science Laboratory
Schools shape the world of tomorrow. Today’s students will be the Technicians, Engineers and Scientist of the future. Teachers play the fundamental part in developing these roles.
A well-planned Science Laboratory creates a working environment not only benefits students but their teachers too.
All the labs need separate space planning. But one thing will always common that, we should consider teaching zones and practical zones. Flexible lab design is the best option. There are different forms of flexible lab design based upon the ratio of space available and students count.
Sufficient movement space in Laboratory is Important when maintaining a safe working environment. The arrangement of fixed & loose lab furniture needs to afford teachers & students free movement in the lab. This free movement can help to improve the interaction between teacher and students to ensure safe and more accessible lab. Also, very important is emergency exit plan for the lab and that to be demonstrated in a periodic time.
Tables consisting of fitted benching or freestanding tables. The tables are group around service pedestal for easy access. Fitted benches can be installed in long rows.
Make sure that teachers and students have easy access to utilities and electrical points in order to effectively carry out their experiments.
Storage is underneath the worksurface for space efficiency. Science laboratories often have combination of shelving, drawer and shutter units for optimum storage.
Science laboratories are big investment to schools and a poor designed lab will impact on students, teachers and technicians. Using right material will reduce maintenance cost. Durable, impact and chemical resistant surfaces important when selecting the laboratory worktop.
Fume Hoods in Science Laboratories are essential for safety of students and teachers when conducting experiments. Toxic fumes are evacuated through the Fume hoods protecting students and teachers from chemical toxicity.