Planning Facilities for Science
Learner-centered. The needs of the student as learner and practitioner are met, spaces for collaborative work in formal settings in classrooms and labs, for the serendipitous encounters that spark the learning and practice of science, spaces that accommodate the research and the project-based activities that are at the heart of a strong undergraduate community, and support effective pedagogical approaches.
Social. They create an attractive and welcoming environment for students from the very first day, and serve the wider campus community as a resource for learning and for building community; spaces that become a destination for students to engage with peers on that campus and with colleagues from around the world.
Flexible. These spaces support 'what works' today in the learning and teaching of STEM fields, and that anticipate and provide for future directions in the study and practice of science, engineering and technology.
Digital. Spaces that accommodate the information technologies that are continuing to revolutionize the processes of investigation and exploration that are central to learning and teaching in these fields, and that provide a physical home for the emerging virtual communities of practice. Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) has sponsored sixteen workshops since 1994 at which teams of college and university leaders anticipating new facilities have come to learn about the planning process from experienced colleagues and from professionals in the field. The goal of these workshops is that each participating team leave with an agenda for action.
This agenda for action will be developed based on ideas and insights from sessions which will cover:
case studies of four recent undergraduate facilities projects, spotlighting in particular the new 76,000 square foot Trustee Science Center at Drury University, the host and co-sponsor of this workshop
key planning issues, building from institutional mission, through accommodating new pedagogies, technologies, goals for student learning through how to consider renovations, costs, sustainability, etc.
roles for each member of the planning team: faculty (and the faculty shepherd), administrators, trustees, design professionals and other consultants
consultations as individual teams and as part of a cluster of teams.
Special activities to be featured in this Drury University workshop will be a report from the PKAL March Roundtable on Facilities of the Future, as well as opportunity to engage in studio projects with selected teams from regional schools of architecture.