SYLVANIA—The Lourdes University Life Lab is undergoing a transformation to more accurately reflect the institution’s growing science and education departments, and will reopen in August 2012.
Since fall 2003, the university has experienced an 86 percent enrollment increase in its biology and health sciences program and a 260 percent increase in environmental science.
The Lourdes University Life Lab is undergoing a transformation to more accurately reflect the institution’s growing science and education departments, and will reopen in August 2012. (Photo courtesy of Lourdes University)
“For many years, the Life Lab served as a valuable resource for area schools and organizations, however its programming was geared primarily toward the K-12 population,” says Robert Helmer, the university's president. “Lourdes’ environmental education center will continue to serve K-12 students, while also offering new resources and programming for local organizations and families as well as for our biology, education and environmental science students. It’s truly a community-wide investment.”
The $37,000 investment includes new field equipment, a science lab and technology enhancements including six computers and SimBio and GIS software. The center will also feature new programs such as:
• Environmental Certification Program (certification in environmental education for current teachers),
• Family Science Night (educational programs focused on living more environmentally friendly), and
• Science on Wheels (pre-service teachers develop and teach innovative curriculum in the classrooms of practicing teachers in the community).
Some of the Life Lab’s most popular features, such as the summer sciences camps, salt water aquarium, Monarch Waystation and outdoor Certified Wildlife Habitat, will be retained as well.
“We’re excited to keep many of the Life Lab features that people enjoy, while also adding new pieces geared toward environmental science,” says Dr. Helmer. “We’ve also been able to partner with organizations like the Toledo MetroParks and area schools by providing them with some of the resources not being utilized. It’s been a win-win transformation and will be an exciting new feature on campus next fall.”