STEM Innovation Learning Center

The STEM Innovation Learning Center (SILC) is a signature component of Wayne State University's vision for STEM education through multi-disciplinary learning and community engagement that will build upon WSU's vision for inclusive innovation across campus. Built with emphasis on technology-rich, collaboration, and "science-on-display" spaces, SILC brings a centralized STEM-focused academic facility to the heart of WSU's campus – within steps of chemistry, biology, engineering, and physics buildings, as well as the iconic learning spaces of Science Hall and Old Main. The building — which includes 100,000 square feet of flexible classrooms, instructional labs, a maker space, and a 3D printing lab, as well as space that serves as a hub for WK12 outreach programming — is helping to transform WSU's vision for STEM education and research for current and future Warriors.

Vision

The STEM Innovation Learning Center (SILC) is designed to be a hub for engaged, active multi-disciplinary teaching and learning across STEM disciplines, while also making space for deliberate interdisciplinary collisions and conversations that engage learning across all Wayne State University schools and colleges.

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Innovative learning spaces

Highlights

  • Flexible classrooms

    Flexible and convertible classrooms conducive to hands-on, real life, team, and project-based learning.

  • Teaching labs

    Instructional wet and dry laboratories rich with modern equipment and furnishings to inspire the next generation of researchers, inventors, and critical thinkers.

  • Collaboration zones

    Places were students come together in small working groups. Collab Zones have built-in whiteboards, projection screens, and furniture that can be configured to support engaged, inclusive collaboration. 

  • Creative meeting spaces

    From ‘privacy-on-demand’ mini-office spaces to conference rooms of various sizes, SILC offers space for connections from discreet discussion to a symposium presentation.

  • WK12 co-working lab

    Dedicated co-working space for WSU WK12 program creators and hosts, making room for transformational innovation in developing the next generation of Warriors for Wayne State University and beyond.

  • Maker space & hacker space

    Maker Space and Hacker Space innovation labs will give students interdisciplinary exposure to skill set development made especially possible in SILC high-tech, high-touch instructional settings. Spaces will include virtual and augmented reality development tools and 3D printing lab. 

  • STEM Commons

    STEM Commons – the open and welcoming learning, tutoring, and collaboration space specifically for STEM students that recognizes the unique, group working style that supports many STEM courses – will return to a new, invigorated space on the 1st floor of the SILC. Learn more about STEM Commons here

Virtual Tour

3D tour of the STEM Innovation Learning Center at Wayne State University: Take a sneak peak of the new hub for interdisciplinary teaching, learning and STEM innovation.

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