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Innovative Laboratories for Schools, Academies, Colleges and Outreach

Date: Thursday 13th March 2014

Time: 01:00 PM to 07:00 PM

Location : STEM Centre, University of Bradford

Cost : Free

Event Details: Arrive at 12.00pm for registration and lunch. There will be an afternoon workshop focused on STEM Laboratory design issues. A later afternoon/early evening session on STEM teaching. 

How to book: Book via Please book separately for the afternoon and early evening sessions.

1300 - 16.15 Design Focused Workshop

1630 – 1900 Educator Focused Demonstrations and Reception

The design requirements for STEM laboratories in schools, academies, colleges and first year university teaching are changing in response to revised teaching and learning methods, new technologies and requirements to make more effective use of (expensive) space. This free event provides an opportunity to hear the latest thinking and practice on the topic, and to view the innovative STEM Centre at the University of Bradford, and the ways in which it engages with school and academy audiences as part of its outreach mission. It has two elements, which can be attended separately:

  • An afternoon workshop focused on STEM laboratory design issues that will be of interest to customers (heads, principals, science teachers and lecturers etc.) for new and refurbished laboratories and suppliers to them (architects, engineers etc.).
  • A late afternoon/early evening session on STEM teaching and learning best practice at 16+ level focused on educators but with demonstrations and networking that will also be of interest to suppliers attending the afternoon workshop.

Catering and the reception is sponsored by Waldner, whose Scala Intelligent Modular Service Infrastructure has been installed within the STEM Centre to enable extremely flexible use of space (see pictures below).

See for more details on the STEM Centre.

See the S-Lab section of for many cases, guidance, videos, presentations and outputs on good practice laboratory design and operation.

Innovative STEM Laboratories for Schools. Academies, Colleges and Outreach, STEM Centre, University of Bradford

Afternoon Design Focused Workshop

11.30 – 12.00   Optional building tour for early arrivers

12.00 – 13.00   Registration and lunch

13.00 – 13.40   The STEM Centre at Bradford – Key Design Features
Dr. Nazira Karodia, Director of STEM and Associate Dean for Life Sciences, and Janet Smith Harrison, STEM at Bradford Programme Manager, University of Bradford

13.40 – 14.30   Effective STEM Teaching in 16+ Education and the Design Implications
Ian Moore, Education adviser to design & construction industry, ASE member and school improvement adviser for STEM
James Machell, STEM at Bradford Curriculum Coordinator, University of Bradford

14.30 – 15.00   Refreshments

15.00 – 16.15   Parallel Sessions and plenary
Two breakouts, with one aimed at educators and the other at designers and equipment suppliers

16.15 – 16.45   Optional building tour

Evening Educator Focused Programme

16.30 – 17.00  Reception with wine

17.00 – 17.15   The STEM Centre at Bradford
Dr. Nazira Karodia, see above

17.15 – 17.30   Effective STEM Teaching in Schools, Academies and Colleges
Ian Moore, see above

17.30 – 19.00  Reception continues, with demonstrations of STEM Centre activities and building tours

Please book (separately for the afternoon and early evening sessions) via