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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.

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Explore our 2023-2024 opportunities

We’re looking for passionate, motivated students from all majors who want to do work that
matters. Our offerings for 2023-2024 include InnovationSpace® and STEAMtank. Both
classes offer a design-focused transdisciplinary team experience with students welcomed
from all majors.

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

Mondays, 1:30 – 4:15 p.m

Currently, we are finalizing projects for the 2023-2024 InnovationSpace class. We plan to run two different projects simultaneously, each with three transdisciplinary student teams. Projects under consideration include universal design/accessibility and experience design for a citywide event. 

Universal design, inclusive design and design for society are all forms of new product development that take into account the needs of people with a variety of physical, cognitive and emotional abilities. As designers, it is our responsibility to create new products and services for the young and the old, for those who can walk unaided and for those in wheelchairs, for those who have 20/20 vision as well as for those who do not. The term “universal design” was first used by the architect Ronald L. Mace for this very idea of designing everything in our built environment to be aesthetic and accessible to everyone, regardless of their age, ability, or status in life. 

Experience design puts people at the heart of design decisions to elicit emotional responses about products, services, brands and experiences. How can we design experiences that explore new ways of engaging people and creating memorable, impactful events?

Industrial designers and graphic designers will have the 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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Create museum exhibits to teach young minds about STEAM.

Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. – noon

Be a part of a student design team to create exhibits for our new STEAMtank museum. Students will imagine, research, brand, market, design and create an exhibit that teaches children kindergarten through 8th grade about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math)

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

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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.

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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.

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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

Connect with InnovationSpace

InnovationSpace provides rewarding educational opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students from any major. Whether you would like to collaborate with us or looking to enroll in our program, we're happy to answer any questions you may have. 

General inquiries can be sent to

InnovationSpace® faculty and staff