Blue Dot #239: New Science Building Promotes a Paradigm Shift in Science Education at CSU Chico
Dave visits his alma mater, CSU Chico to check out the new science building and the big takeaway isn't just the magnificent edifice, but what is going on inside the studio classrooms, comfy student-friendly public spaces, and state of the art research labs.
Blue Dot's host visits with professors and students in Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science and Science Education as well as two of the administrators deeply involved in the design and execution of the beautiful facilities which have made CSU Chico a jewel in the crown of the CSU system when it comes to science education.
From its eco-friendly design to its beautiful natural lighting provided by thermally efficient glass windows, the new science building is a marvel both inside and out with an amazing water capture system that helps water surrounding native plants and energy efficiency designed to reduce the building's carbon footprint. Even more impressive are the studio classrooms designed to create a collaborative learning environment where students do science as they are immersed in their studies.
Guests include Chemistry professors Erik Wasinger and Lisa Kendhammer with student Zoey Jimenez. Physics professors Hyewon and Joe Pechkis with research students Esteban Teran and Justin Craven. Environmental Science professor Sandrine Matiasek and student Adil Syed. Science Education professor Carolina Alvarado and student Estefania (Stef) Orozco and Dean of the College of Natural Sciences David Hassenzahl and Interim Associate Dean Randy Miller.