Our Mission:

Our Mission is to prepare students such that they function better and succeed in schools, colleges and universities. We do this by preparing students via an integrative way of teaching that we developed where we combine, science, art, literature, and humanities into a one continuous interconnected course and deliver via hands-on projects; see example of a project below:

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PROJECT: Combining literature with science and sociology:

For this project we select and assign a classic book from the literature such as the book, Good Earth by Pearl S, Buck.

This is a story of Chinese life during the period of draught where conditions were such that there was nothing to eat. So the mother, in order to nurture her children, took some soil and boiled it as a soup to feed the children.

After reading and discussing the book, the students prepare a soil soup with know amount of soil and water, boil the suspension , filter it and sterilize it in an autoclave. Then determine its nutritional value by determining the amount of proteins, carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins in the soup.

This exposes the students to use a variety of science instruments such as a pH meter, weighing scale, measuring flasks, conductivity meter, and spectrophotometer etc and use the established methods of determining proteins such as the Biuret method among others as well as the established methods for determining carbohydrates etc. The students will also search the literature and look for additional testing methods and compare methods and decide which methods to use.

Classes and Workshops taught with analog equipment

and small class sizes for a unique and comprehensive hands-on approach to lab sciences.

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The Center for Integrative Learning has been teaching students of all ages and creeds the fundamentals of Microbiology and lab sciences for over five decades.
The center is located at 729 S Western, has over 14,000 square feet of lab space for teaching, and is considered a one-of-a-kind facility that exceeds education standards worldwide.