STEM: How Can Effective Facilities Best Enrich STEM Learning?

A college campus

Recently, we gathered representatives from community colleges, undergraduate institutions, and Tier 1 research institutions in Orlando, FL for a groundbreaking dialogue on how to design and deliver modern STEM facilities on their campus. One of the highlights of our annual Designing STEM Facilities for 21st Century Learners workshop was a series of collaborative visioning exercises in which our participants were tasked with describing how the most effective facilities might enrich their STEM disciplines. The results were invigorating, and we want to share them with you.

This is the vision for STEM facilities that our participants created:

STEM Facilities chart

While final projects will certainly vary in size and scope, institutions with diverse academic missions and student populations were in agreement that these core principles must be accounted for in facility design.

We hope that you can use this map of our participants’ vision for STEM facilities to start some vigorous conversations on your campus.