Activate your imagination

Welcome to the Student Innovation Center, the heart of creativity and collaboration at Iowa State University. All students are welcome, regardless of major. Find inspiration, try something new, and explore endless ways to turn ideas into action. Come here to Innovate at Iowa State.

  • Room reservations

    In addition to the open collaboration spaces, you can reserve private meeting rooms, event spaces, and classrooms.

  • Makerspaces

    Everything 3D printing, glass blowing, embroidery, wood working, podcasting, virtual reality and more.

  • Programs and Events

    Innovation programs help build your innovation capacity through workshops, competitions, speakers and more.

Create in a Making 101 workshop

Get started with a free, hands-on workshop in the Makerspaces.

Host your next event at the Student Innovation Center

Leverage the center’s state-of-the-art facilities for your special events, presentations, conferences, showcases, and more.

I love being at the Student Innovation Center because the architecture provides a beautiful open concept with natural lighting, and tons of places to study. The student-centered spaces always feel inviting and inspire me to continue learning on campus.

Jack Harris, Senior in Enviromental Science

Collaborate anywhere

There’s no wasted space in the five-level, 140,000-square-foot Student Innovation Center, with plenty of open, comfortable places to meet, study, collaborate, or relax, with no reservations required. Whether you’re collaborating with a group or need a spot to work independently, there are plenty of power outlets and super-fast Wifi — indoors and outside — to keep you connected.

Innovation in the News

Fueling Imagination: IGNITE Innovation Showcase

The IGNITE Innovation Showcase is an annual celebration of student creativity at Iowa State University. Hosted by the Student Innovation Center, this event brings together creators from across campus to showcase their accomplishments and projects. The week was highlighted by showcases on all floors of the building.

Innovation Challenge Competition Winners Announced

The Innovation Challenge Competition 2024 at Iowa State University has been a resounding success, showcasing the creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurial spirit of our diverse student body. This year’s competition attracted participants from various colleges and majors, highlighting the interdisciplinary nature of innovation and the power of collaboration.

Innovate here

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Learn how you can use the Student Innovation Center.