Jurupa Valley Innovation Center
Home to multiple STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Pathways, the Jurupa Valley Innovation Center has been designed to promote creativity, experimentation, and a lifelong love of learning in a state-of-the-art environment, fully equipped to support Project Based Learning (PBL) and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum.
We focused on creating an inspiring, flexible environment for students to design and construct their projects. The spaces openly flow from one to another to emulate the fabrication and innovation process—beginning with ideation in the computer lab through fabrication in the laser or 3D prototyping lab. The flexibility to work on larger projects outdoors was also provided through glass sliders that lead to an enhanced outdoor work area. The Innovation Lab is meant to be a space where students are not afraid to get messy and the graphics and inspirational quotes throughout the space help to provoke bright ideas. Some wall graphics—such as the unit conversion system—also provide instructional guidance for students as they work on their projects.
Visibility between each space in the lab was also maximized to promote cross-disciplinary interaction between students. Students in the AgriScience Pathway, for example, will be visually connected to the Engineering Design spaces and vice versa. The corridor is not just a spatial connector, but also serves as an incubator of ideas between the students in multiple pathways as they move between classrooms. The design was meant to trigger curiosity and inspiration among students, in an environment where they realize the benefits of collaborating with each other as they dream, create, and build—all essential to lifelong learning.