Continuing their reputation of pushing research and education to the next level, North Dakota State University created an active learning classroom building dedicated to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. The A. Glenn Hill Center provides space for these undergraduate disciplines to meet, collaborate and discover under one roof.
The center uses spacious auditoriums, flexible teaching labs and active learning classrooms to support more immersive teaching styles that help boost students’ experiential education. Movable furniture, pod-like group tables, screens and expansive whiteboards help shift away from the traditional, lecture-style learning. To welcome in learners and encourage students to investigate their interest in STEM topics and explore various disciplines, the center uses big floor-to-ceiling windows and cozy study nooks throughout the entry way and central hallways. This helps students mingle with each other and feel comfortable interacting with new topics and threads of discovery.