We teach and learn science by doing science.
Facilities will be redesigned to enhance our more engaged teaching methods and “hands on” learning. Students work side-by-side with faculty in addressing real world problems in order to find real world answers. The building will also “put science on display” by enhancing light and increasing visibility into labs and classrooms throughout the buildings.
Another goal of our building redesign is to foster relationships between faculty and students while encouraging interdisciplinary interactions. The concept of “social learning spaces” is embedded in the new design. This concept recognizes that learning and mentoring occur not just in our classrooms and labs, but in less formal spaces such as faculty offices, student study areas, “academic living rooms” and commons areas.
Highlights from the $45 million project that will update Ivers and Jones Science:
- Dedicated labs for both research and teaching, as well as innovative dual-use spaces (“T-search” concept)
- Integrated lab write-up spaces
- Glass walls in the labs let in natural light and will reveal what's happening in the lab each day
- Classrooms and labs that allow for more active and participatory teaching methods
- Informal learning spaces that foster the sharing of ideas between peers and mentors
- Faculty offices more conducive to student recruitment and mentoring
- Updated mechanical (air-handling) system