Mars Center for Science and Technology
The state-of-the-art Mars Center for Science and Technology is the newest building on campus; it opened in the fall of 2011 and has been recognized with LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its eco-friendly design and construction. It is home to the college’s science, math and computer departments and features classrooms, faculty offices, research and teaching laboratories, study spaces, a rooftop greenhouse and an astronomy observatory. Among the diverse and fascinating learning spaces in this building is the Wheaton Autonomous Learning Lab, or WHALE Lab—an interdisciplinary research space that houses a 3D printer, laser cutter, computers, robotics and numerous other tools and toys used to create any number of new things. (Seriously, you should drop by some time to see what they’re making.) Located on the lower level is the Diana Davis Spencer ’60 Café, which serves Green Mountain coffee along with soups, sandwiches and pastries.