The Importance of Science Labs in Schools
It is imperative for schools to have the latest and high quality science lab these days. Science is different from any other subject. In order to understand its concepts, one has to look beyond the books and conventional classroom teaching. Effective teaching and learning of science involves seeing, handling and manipulating real objects and materials. The knowledge that kids attain in classrooms would be ineffectual unless they actually observe the process and understand the relationship between action and reaction..
Schools must have the latest science lab supplies and equipment to make science interesting and effective for students and to encourage them to make significant contributions in the field of physics, biology, chemistry and other streams of science later in life.
The main aims of the laboratory work are:
To teach the underlying principles/theories behind the experimental techniques and test the theoretical knowledge with real data.
To make the students familiar with use and upkeep of some of the equipment and terminology used in science Labs.
To teach students develop the skills for writing and presenting technical reports in the most effective manner.
To train students in experimental methods, this may be applied to research later in the course, and in their future career.
There are two well-equipped Physics laboratories which can cater to 25 students each of the Senior and Middle school respectively. There is a provision for all the children to conduct their experiments individually. Many working models are displayed for different experiments. Each laboratory has a qualified lab assistant. All safety measures are taken care of. Routine stock-taking is done to ensure that the labs are in perfect order.
There are two Chemistry labs to cater to the senior school and Middle School. Both the labs are well-lit, well equipped and can accommodate 20-25 students. The children can conduct practical individually. The Class XII students also conduct investigatory projects apart from the usual testing and analysis. In the junior lab there are provisions to demonstrate a lot of experiments. Many charts and models are displayed and used as teaching aids. Both the labs are managed by qualified lab assistants who help the students to perform experiments safely.
The Biology labs are well- structured, well-lit and well-equipped. There is no dearth of material and children are encouraged to explore the mysteries and understand difficult concepts of the subject through experimentation. The children are also guided by our well trained lab technicians along with subject teachers. Proper guidance and enough independence let them be experimental enough to understand related topics.
Five groups of objectives that may be achieved through the use of the laboratory in science classes:
- Skills – manipulative, inquiry, investigative, organizational, communicative.
- Concepts – for example, hypothesis, theoretical model, taxonomic category.
- Cognitive abilities – critical thinking, problem solving, application, analysis, synthesis.
- Understanding the nature of science – scientific enterprise, scientists and how they work, existence of a multiplicity of scientific methods, interrelationships between science and technology and among the various disciplines of science.
- Attitudes – for example, curiosity, interest, risk taking, objectivity, precision, confidence, perseverance, satisfaction, responsibility, consensus, collaboration, and liking science.