We live in a world where today is always driven by tomorrow, an environment defined by shifting challenges, goals, and workforce demands. It’s an environment that requires bold, innovative, agile thinkers. Drake is poised to address this global need with STEM@DRAKE, a dynamic new learning environment that fosters the collaboration and innovation essential for emerging problem-solvers.
In spring 2016, the University broke ground on Collier-Scripps Hall and the Science Connector Building, introducing to campus multifunctional laboratories, formal and informal learning spaces, and ample room for collaboration among students and faculty.
Drake’s bold vision to integrate learning in science, technology, education, and math is not only a transformative step in fostering tomorrow’s leaders; it’s a strategic move to strengthen Drake’s position in higher education. An interdisciplinary complex presents significant value to students, to business and industry, and to communities. Bolstered competitiveness means enrollment growth, financial sustainability, and recognized leadership.
The four-level 45,000 square-foot facility will serve as the new home for Drake's School of Education and Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center will also be housed in the building.
Collaborative spaces for faculty and students as well as amply study pace will make the building an ideal gathering and learning spot for all members of the campus community.
The four-level, 55,000-square-foot building will elevate existing programs in state-of-the-art spaces while simultaneously supporting new faculty. The building offers new spaces for existing programs as well offering opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration.
Both buildings will help support students in a variety of disciplines, including seven new academic programs designed and taught collaboratively:
Drake's Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program prepares students to work with individuals with disabilities, those recovering from strokes or injuries, and others with limited mobility to help them gain independence, complete daily functions, and participate fully in society and their lives. To that end, the centerpiece of the OTD building is the state-of-the-art Lifestyle Redesign Lab. The lab provides a high-tech, active learning environment for students to put their classroom learning into practice by working with members of the community from local residential homes to help them with everyday skills.
The Lifestyle Redesign Lab will be multifunctional with models for different life activities: a grocery store; a working kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room; living room; dining space; and a car surrounded by curbs and street surfaces. Upon completion, the Lifestyle Redesign Lab will be one of the best of its kind in the country.
In addition, the renovated facility will house 12 faculty offices; two large, flexible classrooms; a conference room; and student collaboration areas.