Description of the
LMITS was designed as a multipurpose lab where science,
math, and engineering (undergraduate and graduate) courses could be researched and developed.
The room contains 2 sciplex workstations designed by Prof. Thompson. Each sciplex has built-in
natural gas, compressed air, light box, vacuum, utilities (4plex electrical), and
computers. The design costs were orginally obtained on an NSF grant to Prof. Thompson.
Twenty- five of these sciplex units were installed in LMITS and the Experiential Learning
Studio and have been used extensively and successfully as learning centers for instruction in
chemistry, physics, astronomy, astrophysics, lab calculus, natural resources, GPS, science
methods, and a wide variety of workshops for K-20 groups, including science, math, and
engineering teachers and professors from 21 foreign countries. Over 200 engineers from the US
and around the world have asked for plans, including locally Front Range CC, Poudre HS, and
the Honda School (Estes Park). The design philosophy has been to develop educational materials
in the environment in which they will be used by learners. LMITS also has two excellent fume
hoods, a large refrigerator suitable for chemical storage, a $5000 ozone generator, and a
laboratory convection oven. There is a "floating cart" of 24 HP tablet PCs. The room
contains a large amount of glassware and other standard laboratory equipment, including, for
example, spectrometers and chromographic supplies, and digital voltimeters. Materials
were bought on DOE, NSF, and EPA grants to Prof. Thompson.