Vandal Voices: Classroom Quality: How building design affects student performance
Feb. 13, 2020
Amsterdam Lounge (609 W Main St, Boise)
Recent studies have shown that poor classroom design can reduce student performance by up to 30%, but, how does one quantify what a “well-designed” classroom looks like? And how are Idaho’s schools measuring up?
University of Idaho research assistant professor Damon Woods will discuss how student health and engagement are impacted by environmental factors like lighting, air quality and temperature. The talk will end with a conversation on how Idaho’s parents, teachers and school board members can work to change the status quo of poor classroom quality. We’ll discuss practical, economically viable ways to improve the indoor environmental quality and the energy efficiency of our schools.
About Damon Woods
Damon Woods is a licensed mechanical engineer who has worked at the University of Idaho Integrated Design Lab since 2013. His current research focus is on the integration of surface temperatures into building energy management systems. Woods has taught courses in applied thermodynamics and energy modeling. In the office, he spends his time working on energy models and estimating savings from energy upgrades; out of the office he is usually fly fishing or gardening. Woods earned his bachelor's from Montana State University, his master's from Boise State University and his doctorate from the University of Idaho.
About U of I Boise
U of I Boise supports teaching, learning, research and outreach. We are uniquely suited to provide graduate programs, research and professional development opportunities in a metropolitan setting. U of I Boise is also focused on community impact, regional economic development and supporting university growth, as well as having an engaged university campus with a climate of inclusion for employees throughout Southwest Idaho.