Summer Construction: Renovating Science Labs

June 18th, 2018 | News

During the summer of 2018, Padua will undergo phase three of construction, which includes the full renovation and reconfiguration of the Chemistry Labs, along with the beginning restoration of the Physics, Environmental Science and Earth Science Labs. Because of the extensive work and length of time required to renovate the Chemistry Labs, we will extend the remaining portion of the renovation to the summer of 2019.

Science classrooms have always been used for experiments and other hands-on activities, but the focus was primarily on the student imitating what the instructor demonstrated. The spaces consisted of rows of benches facing the instructor. Current teaching practices involve a more student-centered and student collaborative approach.

The Padua science faculty has played an integral role in the design of the labs in order to reflect these contemporary needs in instruction. Reflecting their needs and perspectives, the Chemistry Labs will be expanded into a lecture/lab classroom, where one side will be a lecture area and the other will be a lab area.

Plans for the Physics, Environmental Science and Earth Science rooms will take on a universal lab classroom approach. All three labs will be identical, in that the lab benches will fill the area to accommodate teacher-centered learning, as well as student-centered learning. The concept is that these rooms can be used for any type of science courses, for both the current curriculum and in the future.

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Construction Photos: July 2, 2018

 


Demolition Photos: June 22, 2018

Demolition Photos: June 18, 2018