Food Technology Classroom Design
Over recent years, a growing concern over obesity in children has increased the awareness of healthy eating in school. Lessons on healthier diet choices and the basics of cooking are being taught to students in hopes to encourage a healthier lifestyle.
With the increase in healthier eating, schools are revamping their food technology classrooms to appeal to more students. When designing a new food technology classroom, there are three main points to consider when the design phase begins. In today’s article, we will cover hygiene, safety, and disability access to food technology classrooms.
Food hygiene is of great importance when designing for a food technology classroom. A kitchens countertop must be easy to clean and maintain. Solid worktops are easy to clean and maintain. Due to its non-porous surface, solid surfaces such as phenolic resin, stainless steel, and laminate make it difficult for bacteria to grow. These countertops can be found in laboratories, healthcare environments, and surgical rooms due to their hygienic properties. Antibacterial dish soap and water is enough to keep a kitchen worksurface clean and free of bacteria.
When designing a food technology classroom all health and safety regulations must be followed. This includes the space between equipment, the proper use of alarms, emergency oven shut-offs, and proper ventilation. A great design will provide students with enough space to comfortably maneuver around without bumping into each other. Stoves and other burners must be a safe distance from the work area to prevent students from carrying hot pans around the room. Heat resistant countertops and cabinets can also provide an additional layer of safety preventing heat damage to classroom equipment.
A food technology classroom must consider disabled students when the design process begins. Following the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) regulations allows disabled students with a comfortable and safe environment. Proper DDA compliant equipment such as adjustable height tables should be included when purchasing classroom furniture. Enough space must be provided to allow a wheelchair to easily move around the work area.
Creating a successful, and well-designed food technology classroom encourages and inspires children in following a healthier lifestyle. Equip your students with the knowledge to improve their lives and furnish your classroom with the best furniture to stand the test of time.