A Newton room can vary in size but we recommend a room with an area of 150 – 220 m² to present the full spectrum of Newton modules, and accommodate classes of up to 30 students.
Newton rooms should have an entry or welcome area, a cloakroom should be available, and also a place where the students can eat lunch. A workspace for the Newton teacher might also be necessary, and in addition a small storage room is required, either in the Newton Room or in close proximity.
The overall standard of the room should conform to that of other educational facilities or office spaces when it comes to ventilation and the quality of wall, ceiling and floor surfaces. We also recommend access to two-three 16A-curcuit breakers, as well as water, in the Newton Room or the room beside it.
Teaching in a Newton room
A Newton room offers education within science, technology, engineering and technology. The teaching is varied and focuses on learning through practical activities. Newton modules are teaching plans consisting of preliminary work in school, hands-on work in the Newton room, and supplementary work at school.
The activities in a Newton module will provide opportunities for exploration, in-depth inquiry-based learning, and the use of new and exciting equipment not commonly found in school. The Newton room is designed to facilitate variation in methods and type of activity. For example, the amphitheater is often used for introduction or reflection in plenary.
Newton room Design and Layout
The Newton room is designed to facilitate variation in methods and type of activity. The Newton teacher uses the amphitheater to get closer contact between teacher and students. The students have access to workstations for working in groups, a laboratory with access to water, and also open floor that makes it possible to work with activities that demands more space.
The students need to move easily between the amphitheater, the workstations, the laboratory and the open floor, and the Newton teacher need the best possible overview. This means that the various areas in the room should be in close proximity to each other, giving the teacher, with little effort, a view of all the students.
Our experience has shown that design, décor and a good learning environment have a positive and motivating effect on students. Deliberate use of color along with informative and attractive displays play an important role in making Newton rooms an exciting learning arena. Sound and lighting also contribute to a dynamic and inspiring session.
Several alternative layouts are available so if it is not possible to establish a Newton room with the above specifications, a custom made plan will be made.