Science/Math Central Proposal Drawings
We know that many are interested in getting a look-n-see of the proposals for the new Math/Science Central (using funds provided by Sigma-Aldrich, Boeing, and Monsanto) so we’ve put this together so that all will be able to get an idea of what may shortly be coming down the pipe. As you may know, it was decided to build the structure outside of the TLC just beyond the existing trailers that have been installed there over the years. While it was suggested to remove the latest trailer addition (the Learning Studio) the thought of pitching all of the money that was used to install it in the first place was a rather unpleasant one. Instead, a permanent wall will be built just to the west of the trailer to satisfy building codes. The Math/Science Central will use a portion of the Learning Studio as a hallway connecting the TLC to the Math/Science Central.
Please feel free to look over the drawings offered here, making any comments you think might be helpful.
Basic items in ALL proposals
- flexible modular design
- complete interactive technologies for distance learning so that the College of Education can expand online science/math education courses and offer specialized teacher workshops;
- fully equipped science laboratory for hands-on chemistry, physics and biology demonstrations and experiments;
- “Literature for Learning Science Library” — the nation’s most renowned library of literature supporting science learning. Students will have access to hard copies of the library’s award-winning Search-It Science Web site, with 3,000+ books of many genres, each carefully reviewed by a team of experts for literary value, accuracy of portraying scientific concepts and theories, and potential for sparking students’ interest and learning in both reading and science;
- Mathematics Education Lab, with mathematic manipulatives, resource activity books, K-12 mathematics series, journals, mathematics content books and teacher guidebooks;
- Ergonomics exercise equipment for fitness testing
Sigma-Aldrich Corporation Laboratory
- a state-of-the-art laboratory-style classroom that will provide a dedicated space to teaching science education best practices
- equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and storage facilities to allow on-going science projects and programming
- a countertop with sinks and Bunsen burners will line one wall, and moveable “science lab” kiosks will each hold workspaces that include a lab table, computer terminal and microscopes with video capabilities
- a video conferencing area with networking capabilities across the region, country and international sites
Monsanto Education Bio-Lab
- an open space, filled with state-of-the-art lab equipment and technologies
- a countertop with sinks and glassware will line one wall, and moveable “science lab” kiosks will hold workspaces that include state-of-the art equipment designed to enhance the teaching and learning of biology and bio-technology, such as:
- computers with wireless access,
- software for data analysis, video microscopes,
- equipment to perform plant biology (e.g. Fast Plants, hydroponics) and nutritional and human biology (e.g. calorimeters, treadmills, lung capacity machines, etc.) experiments,
- audio-visual materials, and
- a biology library that includes teacher materials and trade books plus children’s literature categorized by grade level and specific life science topics that teachers can use to support various biology concepts.
The Monsanto Bio-Lab will facilitate science education strategies that involve:
- problem solving in the biological sciences such as developing experiments, explaining evidence, using knowledge and theories to guide the design of investigations, and applying and adapting appropriate strategies to solve problems;
- building models and theories;
- constructing scientific arguments on current issues in biology (e.g. DNA technologies); and
- communicating publicly (e.g. websites, blogs on targeted issues in biology).
A Message from the Architects
[Included] here is an idea for a deck on the side of the building. I have included a plan and some 3d views of what it would look like. The awning could be retractable if wanted. We would need to talk about this. I changed the front window also, I think it looks better. If this is how they want to proceed, then I will need them to sit with me and define their needs for data and electric locations and casework and any lab utilities so I can have this drawn up as a schematic plan set and you can start getting pricing.
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