This March has brought an exciting victory for the Michigan State University Spartans, and no I am not going to make any mention of any sort of athletic events occurring during this time period! (Too late?)
Check out the Science Gallery Lab Detroit. Michigan State has created the first Science Gallery Lab in North America. It is being described as “part art gallery, part science lab, part theatre.”
According to Michigan State University associate provost, Jeff Grabill, “This research can be used to engage and catch young people at an important moment in their lives, and to shape their journey into school and careers.”
It is aimed at students 15-25 and will help provide hands-on, interdisciplinary, collaborative experiences that is focused on using their specialized training, skills, and mindset to solve challenging real world problems.
Exhibitions don’t start until Fall 2017, but if you want more info check out these resources. You can see what the other Science Gallery Labs in Dublin, London, Melbourne, Venice and Bengaluru have been up to.
For a link to a more detailed article check out, Kim Ward’s article.
For a link to the Science Gallery Lab Detroit, please click here.
Questions for Discussion
- Why is specialization and collaboration important?
- What are some interdisciplinary teams you have been involved in?
- What made them work or not work well?
- How can you create truly effective collaborative learning in your classroom?
- What would be a great project for the Science Gallery Lab Detroit to tackle? Perhaps something specific to Detroit, Michigan, or the Great Lakes Region?
- Perhaps an interdisciplinary approach to blight and abandoned houses in the neighborhoods?
- Perhaps an interdisciplinary approach to taking the successes of downtown development to the neighborhoods?