Washington & Lee University envisioned a physical space that would support the transformation of undergraduate science education at the University.
The Integrative & Quantitative (IQ) Center creates a technology and instrument-rich teaching and research suite to provide access to major and non-major students for developing their scientific curiosity, literacy and creativity. The Center supports interdisciplinary and student-centered teaching and learning. The programs and activities have high visibility throughout the center and across the University, encouraging clear, understandable scientific communication to non-scientific audiences.
Within the center, the student spaces provide for project-based activities and foster collaboration among faculty and students with flexible furniture and ease of circulation throughout the space.
Some of its unique aspects include:
• A stereo 3-D lab with multiple portable flat screens for display to small groups, and a large central screen
• Interactive teaching walls to make every space a collaborative working area
• A computer visualization lab, with eight high-performance work stations with dual monitors and dual ceiling-mounted projectors, for a seamless wall-to-wall image at the front of the room
• five microscope labs with an array of different microscopes from SEM to Confocal
• A flexible maker-lab designed for fabrication, visualization, motion capture and other imaging and data-collection technologies
• An area for large format and 3-D printing