Why You Should Consider Portable Science Labs for Schools
How The University of Delaware Uses Mobile Labs
Penn State is not the only college campus that has chosen temporary modular laboratories for their students. At The University of Delaware, a construction project is currently underway of installing 32 new modular buildings for laboratory classrooms. This is a large project, which is comprised of three, ten-plex classroom units, connected by two modular corridors.
There are no pictures of this project yet because the building sections have not yet been delivered to the site, but you can imagine just how big of a laboratory building this will turn out to be. The university’s plan is to uses this temporary building for about 3-5 years until permanent construction on campus is completed. This is just another example of how versatile a modular laboratory building can be for schools and universities.
What Makes a Good Science Laboratory?
As you plan your modular building laboratory layout, it is important to keep in mind the aspects that make a high-quality learning space.
For one, there should be Flexible Spaces for multi-purpose science labs. Biology, physics, and chemistry are each unique in their own way and require different types of learning environments. Because of this, it is ideal to have non-fixed pieces of equipment, materials, and facilities that are accommodating to each field of science (Teaching Times).
Of course, safety features are important to consider as well. “The hazardous nature of science laboratories means that safety measures must be carefully considered and implemented. A centralized switch to turn off gas taps and electronics in the science laboratory can reduce the risk of students accidentally putting their welfare and the welfare of others at risk” (TeachingTimes).
One of the reasons that STEM research is becoming popular among students is because of the advancements in technology over the past few years. Proper science labs with computers, robotics, and coding can inspire students to be innovative and passionate about STEM research (Ed Tech Magazine). Students are becoming more engaged in creating and building when products like 3D printers and other computer-connected equipment are incorporated within the classroom.
Planning for Your Modular Building
As we approach the end of the calendar year, schools of all sizes begin to think ahead to next year’s construction plans.
Not all modular buildings look alike, nor are they built to function the same way. As your school or university begins thinking ahead and planning for construction, keep in mind the different options for classroom space.
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