Mountaintop Campus

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

Academic Innovation STEM Higher Education


A diverse collaborative of students, entrepreneurs, researchers, and faculty are creating a new model for knowledge-sharing and discovery in which students are challenged to unleash their creative capacity on real-world issues to advance "constructive and sustainable change." This dynamic experiment is conducted within the high-bay spaces of a former Bethlehem Steel industrial complex. The adaptive use design of the long unoccupied 1960s facility incorporates a glass "mixing box" and Makerspaces.

Building Facts

  • 60,000 GSF

Hands-on Learning by Making

Breakthrough spaces are helping higher education transform how students learn, and how faculty teach.

Innovation

This article from High Profile explores what makes makerspaces such engaging learning environments for students from all disciplines. Drawing on her lab planning and STEM research experience, the author explains the Think/Model/Make design concept with examples from her favorite makerspace - Trinity University's unique innovation center, "The Cube."