ANN ARBOR – Tonya Mathews, director of the new Wayne State University STEM Innovation Center, provides the back story on how she hopes it will help train the next generation of Science, Technology, Match, Arts and Math professionals.

Wayne State University has completed construction on the STEM Innovation Learning Center, and commemorated the occasion today with an interactive virtual celebration complete with live remarks, a 3D tour, drone flyover and more.

The facility, made possible by a $14.75 million commitment from the state of Michigan and bond proceeds to WSU, will serve as a campus hub for interdisciplinary teaching, learning and innovation. The building features 100,000 square feet of flexible classrooms, instructional labs, a maker space, and 3D printing lab with state-of-the-art technology to support hands-on and project-based learning.