At the July 27, 2011 meeting of the MSBA Board of Directors, the MSBA presented its new guidelines for science labs in high school facilities. These guidelines are the result of the work of the Science Lab Task Force, which includes MSBA Board members and staff, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education staff, science educators, science and technology consultants, science lab safety consultants, local architects, and construction management consultants. The task force developed a prototype design for science lab and instruction space, including requirements and best practices. Informed by the feedback of experts, this group put forth science lab prototypes that are curriculum-driven, accommodate all science disciplines through flexibility, and provide a safe learning environment for students.
- A pair of lecture/lab classrooms based on the MSBA prototype designs
- A typical shared prep room with fume hoods and standard equipment such as a refrigerator, dishwasher, and chemical storage cabinets
- Room layouts showing how the lecture and lab furniture configurations work with flexible table configuration and perimeter lab utilities
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