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Real-world experience that prepares you for life.

InnovationSpace is a transformative experience, where students build the skills of the future and develop their capacity for collaboration and innovation as they produce extraordinary projects while working on transdisciplinary teams. Join us for one of our diverse projects working with our sponsor clients or create a children’s museum in STEAMtank, both in our brand new space at the Novus Innovation Corridor.

Explore our 2022-2023 opportunities

We’re looking for passionate, motivated students from all majors who want to do work that matters. Our offerings for 2022-2023 include both InnovationSpace and STEAMtank. Both classes offer a design-focused transdisciplinary experience with students welcomed from all majors.

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Two exciting projects are in the works for our InnovationSpace cohort this fall

Mondays, 12:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Every year InnovationSpace undertakes at least two projects for the year, and we are in the process of finalizing plans for 2022-2023. Potential projects include developing new products with a major national corporation and also exploring bringing new products to market that are nature-inspired, sustainable and beneficial to society. Watch this website for an announcement as soon as our plans are finalized!

In addition, industrial designers and graphic designers will have an option to add InnovationSpace Studio, an additional two credits. This can serve as an alternative option to your senior studio requirement.

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Build a STEAM museum that connects young minds to ASU research.

Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. – noon

Be a part of a student design team to create an exhibit for the new STEAMtank museum. Students will imagine, research, brand, market, design and create an exhibit that teaches children about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math)

For this exciting project, engineers, product designers, museum designers, education designers and marketing specialists will work together to create science exhibits in the STEAMtank - a dedicated exhibit space in the new 777 Tower in the Novus Innovation Corridor.


Course description

The InnovationSpace program provides students with a unique opportunity to complete a real-world product-development project. Using the Integrated Innovation model, teams of students from all majors spend one to two semesters researching, developing and refining concepts. Throughout the yearlong program student work includes:

  • exploring user, societal and environmental needs
  • analyzing market trends and consumer demand
  • investigating new technologies

All final deliverables are accompanied by proof-of-concept and appearance models as well as detailed Innovation Proposals. These proposals summarize user research; present a product concept; provide engineering specifications; outline a product-communication strategy; chart a comprehensive business plan; and detail a comprehensive roadmap for sustainability.

InnovationSpace is for you if you want to:

  • contribute to a better society
  • engage with top-performing students in other disciplines
  • learn from top-notch faculty and real-world corporate mentors
  • acquire valuable experience in cross-functional teamwork
  • gain a solid grounding in how to commercialize a product

In partnership with:

Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory™

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

W. P. Carey School of Business

J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute