The Interactive Science Forum: The New Wave for Education
Fusing together the creative processes of science and art, the 2200 square foot Interactive Science Forum provides students hands-on access to scientific concepts and new technologies, and perspectives into the beauty and complexity of our natural world. Learning spills out from laboratories into the Forum’s public space, filled with student-centered art, science, and technology project-based exhibits.
Every element and surface of the Forum promotes learning and affords students opportunities to take control of information through technology and art-based platforms. An iconic Omni-Globe projection surface demonstrates real-time interactive media, flat screen monitors display local and global news or student work, and reconfigurable, flexible seating doubles as cabinets of curiosity filled with artfully arranged specimens and skulls. The ceiling hosts a model of fusion formed from eccentric conduit and fixtures, the flooring boasts the Golden Mean and a one-meter grid encouraging experimentation with measurement and laws of motion and inertia, and niches between classrooms host discipline-specific elements from a saltwater aquarium to a kinetic ball machine. A science lounge is a bridge for students seeking extra faculty help or a quiet space for small groups to brainstorm.