Where great minds think together
From the moment you enter the Student Innovation Center, you’ll be surrounded by students, faculty, and staff from all corners of campus who are creating, designing, fabricating, testing, and demonstrating new ideas.
Classrooms, student-organization spaces, and co-working suites are intermingled with fabrication labs and design studios. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re looking to study, network, collaborate, build, or grab a hot coffee at the end of the day.
Imagine having a conversation with the World Economic Innovation Prize Winner for Energy Storage or a four-time Emmy Award winner for comedy. With our online Innovation Programs, students have unique access to these conversations with hundreds of industry innovators. We offer up to 20 virtual sessions featuring real-world experiences each semester.
SPARKS is a 100% student-run café on the fourth floor of the Student Innovation Center. Operated by the College of Human Science’s Apparel, Events and Hospitality Department (AESHM), the cafe embodies the spirit of innovation in every way, from the unique products served to the inspiring strategy it uses to support the students working behind the counter.
Students are fully responsible for managing the café, and are learning to manage daily business decisions about factors such as inventory, food safety, hiring and salaries, product pricing, marketing, and defining sales strategies.
It also values the entrepreneurial mindset by serving its own coffee blend created by an Iowa State University alum. In addition, SPARKS most recently collaborated with ISU Creamery, the university’s dairy food service program, to start serving 8-ounce containers of the creamery’s unique ice cream flavors.
Innovate 1858, located on the entry-level of the Student Innovation Center, is best described as part lifestyle boutique, part museum shop.
Managed and supported by the Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management Department (AESHM) in the College of Human Sciences, the goal of the store is to spur students in their creative endeavors through hands-on retail experience and entrepreneurial innovation.
Numerous products designed or created by Iowa State University students are for sale. The student-operated retail store features the new tartan plaid — designed by an alumna of the apparel, merchandising, and design program — in products such as scarves, neck-ties, mugs, and t-shirts. While the products will vary depending on students’ current endeavors, visitors may find student-made jewelry or clothing to candles and flower pots.
ISU Printing Services is conveniently located on the second floor, at the top of the grand staircase, in the Student Innovation Center. This location is geared and staffed to handle the print needs that students, faculty, staff and other ISU units have from course materials to posters.
ISU Printing Services offers a variety of products and services, including:
- offset printing;
- digital printing;
- posters, banners and signage;
- finishing and bindery services;
- variable data printing;
- mailing and postal services;
- graphic design services;
- delivery service;
- and more!
Their primary location for larger and more complex jobs is located in the Printing & Publication building on the north side of campus.
Customers can pay with credit/debit cards or cash. Students can also charge to their Ubill for all printing services or use printing credits to print standard 8.5 x 11 files in both black and white and color. For an estimated price for your next project, contact ISU Printing Services at email@example.com or visit their website.
The Student Innovation Center showcases and celebrates the innovations taking place across campus within its rotating exhibition space. It is located on the entry-levl of the facility and is viewable during the center’s open hours.
The space’s first exhibit, Exhibition Innovation, featuring unique displays from each of the university’s seven colleges, was unveiled in summer 2021. It will be viewable to the public through the end of the fall 2021 semester.
Displays featured will vary each year, and are managed by Exhibitions Coordinator Rachel Connell.
Parking: Metered visitor parking available in lot 21, next to the Armory