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Abstract-Using Old Space in New Ways to Support Undergraduate Research with Community College Students

Keywords: learning spaces laboratories science facilities community colleges aeronautics

Author: Thomas B. Higgins; Bernhard Beck-Winchatz; Michael Davis; Andrew Kruger
Institution: Harold Washington College/DePaul University; St. Petersburg College; Wilbur Wright College
Issue and Volume: SPUR winter 2017, vol 1, no 2

Description: Among the challenges for undergraduate research at a community college is space. For faculty in the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) system, this problem was solved in an unexpected way that also provided a “teaching moment.” The Physical Sciences Department at Truman College had undergone a renovation that produced two new chemistry laboratories focused on active learning. This meant that the unrenovated
lab space was available for the high-altitude ballooning research project.