In addition to its Bethlehem, PA campus, with its historic libraries and green quads, Lehigh University has recently set up a learning space in abandoned industrial buildings on top of a mountain. There are no classes, no homework, and no tests in the Mountaintop program — just an open space and technology for students to ask questions, solve problems and develop ideas and prototypes. Students have built robots, tested post-disaster structures, worked on the problem of tuberculosis, and developed intelligent textiles. But most importantly, the campus helps students engage with real-world problems before leaving the university, an idea that’s increasingly coming to the forefront in discussions about making higher education engaging and effective.