What do you find in your average science lab? A bunch of clever people in white coats usually, but that’s not all. Science labs are jam packed with cool equipment, from super advanced testing devices through to a simpler stuff like periodic table posters on the wall.
What equipment you get at a lab depends on the level of lab you’re in. When we talk about everyday labs like the ones you find in schools, what will you commonly find?
Safety always comes first in science, especially in school labs where it’s paramount that experiments are carried out in controlled environments to keep the children partaking in them safe. Of course, accidents can happen no matter how many precautions you take, so it’s important a lab has adequate safety gear to keep everyone inside it well protected.
Virtually every experiment undertaken is done in a lab coat and googles, with gloves as well if corrosive materials are involved. Additionally, first aid kits, fire blankets and eyewashes should all be present. If you’re keeping hazardous materials in the lab, you’ll also want a hazardous cabinet that keeps anything potentially dangerous clearly marked and locked away.
Ah, the Bunsen burner – probably the most recognisable piece of kit you’ll find in a lab. Usually present in big numbers in your average chemistry classroom, Bunsen burners are a simple type of gas burner that produce a single open gas flame. The primary heat source in most basic experiments, no lab would be complete without a few.
Glass and plasticware
When it comes to analysing samples, mixing chemicals and heating chemicals, you’ll need a whole host of petri dishes, beakers, flasks and test tubes to cover off every experiment you want to carry out. The type of glassware you find in a lab will depend on its primary purpose. For example, you’ll find more petri dishes in a biology lab and most test tubes and beakers in a chemistry focused environment.
The favourite tool of scientists finding out about world-ending diseases in Hollywood blockbusters, microscopes help the user to see things that the naked eye can’t. Available in all sorts of different shapes, sizes and zoom levels, they’re unsurprisingly the key device involved in microscopy – which is the study of investigating small objects and structures using a microscope.
And there you have it, just a few essentials of your average science lab that barely scratch the surface of all the weird and wonderful gizmos found in the scientific world.