LUMA laboratory

LUMA Center facilities consists of two spaces. The larger space, the laboratory is built for student group working and the smaller one is used by coordinators' workroom as well as for small group guidance. The laboratory has four large table areas for total of 32 students, two fume hoods as well as four mobile fume outlets, smart board and plenty of laptops with variety of programs suitable for different kinds of teaching units.

Laboratory is equipped with a decent physics teaching equipment which allows one to plan and implement a great variety of experiments for lower and upper secondary school levels. Chemistry experiments are also possible to be conducted with glassware and other chemistry equipment. Data logging is one central activity and we have two different measurement systems: one from Vernier and another from CMA. Vernier sensors are used as the main measuring system and therefore the laboratory has a good selection of sensors and devices for physics and chemistry. Modeling can be done in CMA's system for many natural science phenomena.

There are also many modern physics experiments in the LUMA laboratory as well. These experiments are typically too expensive to be purchased for single school use only so it is reasonable to have them in a shared environment. Student teachers have wrote instructions for equipment as well as collected historical and theoretical background information to be used in teaching these phenomena.

Robotics is also strongly present at LUMA Center. Currently we have 20 sets of LEGO EV3 and 20 sets of LEGO NXT robots to start learning programming and robotics. A more advanced robotics is made with Arduinos that we have a good amount with different kinds of sensors, servos and motors.

Teachers can bring their classes to LUMA Center after they have familiarized themselves with the equipment and instructions with the aid of the coordinator. The groups can make experiments at the laboratory with their teacher but also teachers can loan equipment to their own schools if the groups cannot be transported to the laboratory.