Metropolitan State’s new Science Education Center on the
Saint Paul Campus opened for classes at the start of spring semester. Two events celebrating the opening are coming up in April.
Metro State students, faculty and staff are invited to a grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting beginning at noon, April 12. Community, business and higher education leaders, elected officials and supporters of the university are also welcome. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 651-793-1545 to attend. View the event flyer here.
The community is also invited to an open house, 3–6 p.m., April 22. This event includes an inflatable planetarium, magic planet, slime making, dinosaur exhibit, rock exhibit, 3-D projections of the human body and microscopic examination of aquatic invertebrate pond life. Refreshments are provided and the building and classrooms will be open for self-guided tours.
The College of Science faculty and staff are also planning “Seven Days of Science” during April featuring guest speakers and activities. More information coming soon.
Metropolitan State’s new Science Education Center (SEC) is now open on Saint Paul Campus. The facility includes 6,000 square feet of classroom space and 19,500 square feet of lab space, greatly expanding Metro State’s capacity to provide extraordinary science education.
“We’ve gone from having very few science facilities to having top-notch technology in a very short period of time,” says Ramin Daghigh, associate professor and department chair, Natural Science. “This will help us attract faculty as well as students.”
The SEC houses research labs for each department, allowing undergraduate students pursuing science degrees to gain valuable research experience. The first floor provides classrooms and labs for physics, earth and environmental sciences. Biology facilities are on the second floor, and the third floor is home to chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology.
According to Daghigh, the science faculty played a key role in planning the SEC. “The architects were very good at communicating and asking what our needs are,” says Daghigh. “Every detail is a footprint of a faculty member.”
Classes start at the SEC at the beginning of spring semester. It is located at the corner of East Sixth Street and Mounds Boulevard on Saint Paul Campus and can be reached by skyway from the first floor of Founders Hall. A formal grand opening is planned in April 2016.
The physics lab provides advanced instrumentation (including lasers).
“Lightwaves after Thomas Young” by Amy Baur and Brian Boldon hangs in the atrium.
Student study rooms feature white board walls for collaboration.
View from the third floor.
Science Education Center
The new SEC is on the corner of East Sixth Street and Mounds Boulevard on Saint Paul Campus.