Explore the Center

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.

What’s inside

Lower level

Lunar testing, assembly bays, composites, misc/shared fabrication, media production suite, special projects, meeting rooms, auditorium (university classroom), dyno testing, engineering capstone project suite, gaming lab, student organization offices.

Entry level

Wet workshop, paint booth/finishes, supply store, gaffer’s guild, retail, retail storage, exhibit storage, meeting room, small exhibit, large exhibit, multipurpose room, metal and wood fabrication and assembly, two assembly bays, outdoor makerspace.

Second level

Open assembly digital fabrication and textiles electronics, STEM help room, meeting rooms, learning spaces, (two university classrooms), open co-working, print center, SICTR admin, secure assembly, assembly bay, student org offices, design build/design option studio, outdoor special projects, digital modeling and visualization laboratory, BPMI, engineering capstone project suite.

Third level

Engineering capstone project suite, entrepreneurship hubs, learning space (university classroom), meeting rooms, student organization offices, open co-working, demonstration kitchen, CyBiz, planting beds.

Fourth level

Industrial design sponsored studios, meeting rooms, student media publication studio, learning space (university classroom), project suite, multi-purpose, student-run café, open collaboration/café seating.

Community resources



SPARKS is a 100 percent student-run café on the fourth floor of the Student Innovation Center. 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.

SPARKS also values the entrepreneurial mindset by serving its own coffee blend created by an Iowa State University alum.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Parking: Metered visitor parking available in lot 21, next to the Armory


SPARKS COVID-19 procedures

Innovate 1858


Innovate 1858, located on the first floor of the Student Innovation Center, is best described as part lifestyle boutique, part museum shop. 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 up 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.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Parking: Metered visitor parking available in lot 21, next to the Armory

Printing Services


ISU Printing Services is conveniently located 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, regardless of the size and scope of your print-related project, our staff at Printing Services is trained and ready to help.


Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (Hours are subject to change, please refer to our website.)

Parking: Metered visitor parking available in lot 21, next to the Armory