Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Lab Furniture

Spotted recently whilst working in Kuwait - new Italian furniture for school laboratories. It's interesting, very high specification, and very different from the furniture normally seen in UK schools.

All the base units are on wheels so they can be easily moved to provide leg space or ensure the equipment they contain is safely transported to the place where it is needed. It has the feel much more of a professional, commercial laboratory rather than the standard benches seen in schools.
In the UK many schools would be concerned about sight lines and the ability to monitor students at all times. In the school indicated above students behave well and are trusted and the teachers and support staff move around the room. For a lecture or demonstration there is room to gather stools near the teachers demonstration desk as normal.
The student stools have backs on them - a deliberate decision and again something more and more schools are moving to to help students sit properly. In a UK school I am working with senior staff 'shadowed' students and discovered that one class had spent fifty percent of their day on stools with no backs - it's not good!
So new professional standard furniture in a standard space - it looked very good! I hope to go back so will report on how well it works with all the students using it.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

This quality of furniture is now used in research labs in the UK, but sadly is too expensive for school budgets. I guess the wheels must be lockable, otherwise there would be no need for plate shakers!

LOC Scientific said...

This is very impressive for a school's laboratory. Providing support (in more ways than one) ensures that the work being performed is important which instills pride in students. Moreover, I guess you can look at it like this: a happy lab tech is a productive lab tech.

Kinetic Laboratories said...

You should take a look at the School laboratory we made right here in the UK. The design brief was to crate a create a learning space that could bring the students and teachers into closer proximity and enhance the atmosphere to inspire grater learning and discussion. Whilst accommodating the required number of pupils.


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Kinetic Laboratories said...

You should take a look at the School Laboratory project we did here in the UK. The design brief was to create a learning space that could bring the students and teachers into closer proximity and enhance the atmosphere to inspire grater learning and discussion. Whilst accommodating the required number of pupils.

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