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Carthage’s new $43 million science center now open!

 

Carthage’s brand new science center officially opened for classes on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. The new center offers even greater opportunity for innovative science education, and further advances the College’s commitment to exceptional research experiences for undergraduates.

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The new science center provides state-of-the-art facilities for study in the natural sciences, and provides new ways for students and faculty to collaborate on forefront research. The project included a major renovation of the 70,000-square-foot David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Natural and Social Sciences, and a new 35,000-square-foot wing to the south and east, embracing the center’s lakeside location.

Student Focused Facility

The new science center offers:

Twelve interdisciplinary laboratories for research in such pioneering areas as materials science, nanotechnology, engineering design, molecular biology, and atomic microscopy.

Collaborative learning areas outside classrooms, laboratories, and faculty offices where students and professors can gather for informal discussions, continued learning, and project work.

A two-story, glass-enclosed atrium for exhibits, public gatherings, student poster presentations, and planetarium shows.

Multidisciplinary teaching laboratories and TEAL (Technology Enhanced Active Learning) classrooms to allow expanded curricular integration across the sciences and to encourage student-focused pedagogy.

A stepped seating area with advanced media capabilities.

An outdoor classroom overlooking Lake Michigan with natural stone seating.

Glass-walled classrooms and laboratories to allow students and visitors to see science on display.

A planetarium that contains a Spitz SciDome HD dual-projector theater system for high-resolution scientific visualization.

 

The Future of Science Education

In the last decade, the percentage of Carthage graduates who have a degree in a natural science has doubled, along with the percentage of incoming students interested in majoring in biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, geography, mathematics, neuroscience, or physics.

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