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"The Spelman Innovation Lab is possibly home to the largest single collection of works by black women makers."
-P. Eric Thompson,
Innovation Lab Manager
A Community of Makers
The Innovation Lab at Spelman (IL) is a creative commons of Spelman College that is a hub for ideation, creativity, interdisciplinary collaboration and entrepreneurship. Contained within the IL is a rapid prototype fabrication lab, a carpentry shop, ideation spaces, digital design stations, electronic workstations and other offerings that support creativity, prototyping and entrepreneurship.
A Sisterhood of Entrepreneurs
Innovation is the spark for entrepreneurship. The Innovation Lab is leveraging a strong network of corporate and community partners to launch new programs that prepare, support and bridge students through the transition from innovating to entrepreneurship.
What We Do
Primary objectives of the Innovation Lab include
Raising the technological, comfort and proficiency of the campus community.
Specifically, the Lab seeks ways to encourage and support the infusion of computer programming, rapid prototyping, data science, AI and other technologies into existing and new curricular and extra-curricular activity in a manner that is inviting to students.
Fostering collaboration between the disciplines on campus.
By promoting interdisciplinary projects, workshops and activity, the Lab encourages participants to organize in groups where STEM students work side-by-side with non-STEM students to deliver results neither could independently achieve. The resulting interaction leads to improved communication skills, improved team working skills and acquisition of cross-disciplinary skills through peer teaching and learning.
Preparing students for entrepreneurship.
Innovation naturally leads to entrepreneurship . The IL works with a network of academic and non-academic partners on- and off-campus to support student entrepreneurship. The Lab collaborates with Spelpreneur, Spelman's co-curricular educational initiative on entrepreneurship, on the Spelpreneur Fundamentals Workshop Series and 10-day Startup Competition.
Visit the Innovation Lab Project Gallery for a sampling of student projects completed in the Lab.