Today’s schools have more opportunities for education than ever before. With so many advanced technological opportunities, students are able use resources that would never have been imaginable just a few decades ago. One of the biggest areas of advancement is in the world of computers and advanced science equipment.
But having any science or technology equipment available for students is only as good as creating space to ensure students and teachers can readily make use of it. That means that all equipment for a school’s science and technology labs should be well planned out and designed for optimum student use and teacher application.
Creating Computer Labs
For most schools from elementary to high school, the use of computer technology has become a focal tool in education. There are many ways this new tool has affected the way schools operate. But one of the major changes has been the need to create computer labs and computer stations within schools. While not every classroom has need for a computer lab , most schools need to have multiple computer lab areas for students to complete work that involves computer research.
Classrooms that are cramped or too generic can make it difficult for students to focus. Each work station should be designed for the number of students it is intended to serve. Most work stations can be designed to accommodate between 1-4 students depending on the purpose of the work being performed in each area. Classrooms that are designed for computer or science labs should have well placed outlets for computer or science equipment use. It should have well positioned open space tables and chairs that work well around the computer or lab equipment. Things like spectrum carts can be helpful to provide computer support for these areas.
In many cases, computers are situated in a defined area of a library within a school. However, most schools also have defined computer lab spaces in a separate classroom. This can be especially helpful to build focus. Some schools choose to have just a few stations in each classroom. It is especially important for schools to plan out how a computer space is going to look and define the work station areas with enough room for students to work privately.
Putting together the right kind of floor plan is an essential part of making computer classes and computer labs function well for students. With younger students such as elementary and middle school aged students, the need for more space per work station may be wise. This is because children that are younger often work on projects in small groups or 2-4 children.
Creating Science Labs
Science labs are almost always designed to have between 4-8 separate lab tables with chairs around each. These are designed to be used in small groups. Because of this it is important for administrators to utilize classrooms that have ample space for this. These classrooms should have ample access to water and should be outfitted with fire prevention safety. Having access to fire extinguishers and water hoses nearby can be important for any science lab area that uses electricity or burners for experiments.