STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) also known as STEAM (adding Art) represents a large portion of the American Economy. According to the US Department of Education, STEM career growth is projected to rise 14% by 2020. The Innovation Center will offer a unique space where STEAM education will be able to be experienced by students and community. Our students will be able to grow their STEAM skills through courses offered in the Waunakee Community School District and then expand those skills through the Innovation Center.
The Innovation Center will also offer a chance for community education classes to be offered to help promote the ideas of creativity, innovation, and ingenuity. After initial set up of the Innovation Center, the possibility exists that the space will be able to be open to members of the community to use for work on projects.
With the focus of the future workforce on 21st century skills (soft-skills), the creative problem solving process will become more and more important. The Innovation Center will allow students and community a place to test out the research and development process while allowing participants to embark on a journey from idea to physical product. This practical experience will also allow participants to test and hone critical skills needed in everyday life.