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.

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.

Innovate here

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Innovation in the News

Student Innovation Center holds inaugural Creativity Carnival

Aromas of popcorn and sounds of circus music drifted throughout the Student Innovation Center during its first annual Creativity Carnival event Wednesday. Students had the opportunity to engage in various creative and innovation-driven activities intended to introduce students to the different makerspaces within the building.

Worldbuilding Competition: Imagine a Future Shaped by A.I.

For hundreds of years, human beings have been confident we can tell the difference between “people” and “machines.” More than that, we’ve been sure that there will always be certain things people can do that machines can’t.


Learn how you can use the Student Innovation Center.