Informal areas of the building facilitate learning and intellectual discourse
75.3% of Science Majors and 51.0% of Non-Science Majors use informal leaning spaces in the new/renovated complex for studying
Top 4 most important features for informal learning environments:
…of students surveyed prefer that informal learning spaces have good lighting or access to natural light.
…of students reported that informal learning spaces need to be convenient to classrooms and labs before and after class.
…of students prefer that informal learning spaces be generally quiet.
…of students revealed that they find the Informal learning spaces a "safe place to be."
“This building is more than a science building. It's more like the new library. We have students from every academic discipline spending time in this building”
— Luis E. Martinez, Ph.D., Director Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
A good deal of learning takes place as students meet informally outside the classroom. In addition to getting together to work on projects, an estimated 53% of students spend at least some of their time in the science facility discussing ideas from class.
Dedicated space for informal learning
On average, new science centers are allocating between 12.5-13% of program space to informal learning.