Museum of Science and Industry eLearning Center

Location: Chicago, IL

Architect: Solomon Cordwell Buenz

Museum of Science and Industry eLearning CenterThe e-Suite at the Museum of Science & Industry is a series of technology-enhanced classrooms, complete with state-of-the-art videoconferencing capabilities and networked laptops.

The space is a virtual single space learning environment and optimizes student interface with remote sites through the latest electronic communication methods. CCJM provided Mechanical/Electrical design, including a detailed energy cost and benefit analysis. Flexibility to accommodate a variety of classroom configurations was essential. Teleconferencing cameras and two plasma display monitors travel on aluminum “festoons” mounted on overhead tracks. A raised floor also allows laptop computers to be networked in with the instructor and the learning programs.

The first curriculum to use e-Suites is “Live from the Heart”, a program which allows middle school and high school students a virtual visit to an actual hospital operating theater during open heart surgery. Students are in live, two-way visual and audio communications with the surgical team at Advocate Christ Medical Center.