Tuesday, September 9, 2014

SLCC launches science, math and tech resource center

Salt Lake Community College officials announced this week the opening of the school’s new Science, Mathematics and Technology Resource Center at its Taylorsville Redwood Campus.

During the first phase of plans for the new center students at SLCC will have access this fall to a workspace designed with collaboration in mind, offering moveable white boards and computers for group projects or individual use.

The entire center will be unveiled in three phases over the next few years and will eventually include expanded math and science labs combined in one space inside the Science and Industry Building’s atrium.

“It’s a dream come true,” said Peter Iles, associate dean over the Division of Natural Sciences and Engineering at SLCC. “Being able to have a resource center for the whole School of Science, Math and Engineering is a dream we’ve had for 10 years, and now it’s coming to fruition.”

Iles said that SLCC is leading other community colleges in the nation with this type of a facility, which will also include a library with model kits used in science, a space for tutorial assistance across all science disciplines and resources for conferencing and group presentations, helping students prepare for the College’s annual School of Science, Mathematics and Engineering Symposium where they can present information on the “workings of their world.” The center will also have places where students can meet with adjunct faculty and advisors, space for an “innovation corner” where students can discuss ideas for inventions and access to technical writing assistance through a “writing across science curriculum” coordinator.

“This is just going to exponentially expand benefits to students,” Iles said. “The way students learn here is going to be changed for the better.”