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Discovery Hall

When it was first built in the 1960s, Discovery Hall represented the best in Space Race-era science education.

Since then, the world has changed. To be at the forefront of innovation means investing in upgrades that will once again elevate our science facilities to ensure that Wayland remains on the cutting edge of STEAM and science education. 


When first built, our labs were designed to support teacher-centered learning, emphasizing lecture at stationary lab benches in a fixed space. We know today that is not optimal for students—or for contemporary science. With funds already raised through the Wayland Made campaign, our new labs have been updated to reflect the innovative, integrated learning which was already happening on our campus today. This includes:

  • Bright and flexible learning spaces that emphasize natural light and allow for group work, full-class discussions, and experiments all in the same lab
  • Connections between our two Biology labs to promote maximum flexibility and collaboration, allowing individual classes to combine hands-on labs and desk work, often at the same time for different students

Discovery Hall Renovations

This photo features the biology lab in Discovery Hall, prior to the 2019 renovations.


Discovery Hall biology lab/classroom renovations in process (2019)

Discovery Hall biology lab/classroom renovations in process focusing on the new windows in between classrooms

Discovery Hall biology lab/classroom renovations in process (2019)—focusing on the windows and access door that connects the spaces

The renovated biology lab/classroom allows the teacher to configure the room in different ways to provide flexibility for individual and group work. 

Discovery Hall Smith Observatory

empty biology lab in Discovery Hall

Renovated biology lab in Discovery Hall with a door and windows providing visual and direct access to the adjoining classroom

Renovated biology lab in Discovery Hall showcasing the front of the classroom which features a projector and whiteboard

If you would like to learn more about supporting the Wayland Made campaign,  please contact:

Carrie Ahlborn

Director of Advancement