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How to spruce up your school science lab
STEM subjects have really come into focus in schools over recent years. This means it’s more important than ever to have high-quality learning spaces for students.
With project-based learning also increasing in popularity, creating a science lab that can support a range of practical lessons is key to improving kids’ knowledge and understanding of scientific principles.
This article introduces you to a number of ways in which technology can play a role in this.
What makes a good school science lab?
Science is undoubtedly a subject where experimentation plays an essential part. In terms of classroom design, a lab could be laid out in a square formation or in a series of banks with ‘lanes’ that allow students to move around easily and work alongside each other in groups. All of the students should be clearly visible, in contrast to a traditional classroom set-up where those in the back rows might not be in full view. This is particularly critical because of the dangerous materials that students have access to.
Science labs also need good storage, so that materials and equipment can be accessed easily and filed away at the end of class. Proper planning of storage systems can also reduce set-up times and makes it easier to plan for practical experiments throughout the year.
Safety is another important component in a school science lab. Therefore, a centralised switch or stop button to turn off gas taps and electronics is essential.
Rather than traditional wooden desks or benches which can be susceptible to damage, many schools are now using high-strength, modern materials for their science desks which are more resistant to chemicals and wear-and-tear.
Equipment for school science labs
Along with the traditional kit like pipettes, Bunsen burners and centrifuges, there are several pieces of equipment that can make useful additions to your school science lab.
1) 3D printers
3D printing is the term used for the processes involved in creating 3D physical objects from a digital model. 3D printers offer a great way to unlock students’ creativity, and there’s a host of awesome science projects to try using this technology, for example:
Cutaway model of the earth to show the various layers of the earth to scale (e.g. the outer core and mantle) and teach students the names of the earth’s inner layers.
2) Lab glass washers
When it comes to eliminating corrosive chemicals, you can’t beat specialist lab glass washers! Made from high-grade stainless steel, these appliances are way more robust than your average domestic dishwasher. They can also hit temperatures of up to 93°C, whereas your average domestic dishwasher achieves 75°C at the most! This ensures your science lab glassware, such as test tubes and beakers, is clean and hygienic. In addition to this, spindle washing means that vessels with thin necks come out spotlessly clean. Lab glass washers are also self-cleaning, meaning they have a longer lifespan than domestic models.
3) Interactive screens
These appliances can be a great addition to a science lab, as they really enable teachers to bring topics to life. For example, if studying biology why not display a diagram on the interactive screen to allow students to explore and discuss the parts of the body, or get to grips with complex concepts such as cell division?
At Utility Rentals, we offer your school the chance to acquire these appliances for your science lab in a convenient and budget-friendly way. Our flexible rental agreements include delivery, installation and maintenance for the life of the rental agreement.
So, what are you waiting for? Contact us and spruce up your school science lab today!
To find out more about how equipment can improve your school science lab, get in touch with our expert team.