March 2024

In the ever-evolving landscape of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship education at the University of Connecticut, the UConn Innovation Zone (IZone) stands as a beacon of progress and opportunity. With a staggering 7,639 sign-ins recorded during the 2022-2023 academic year—an impressive 22% increase from the previous year, the IZone continues to grow and evolve to meet the changing interests and demands of our students. This is made evident by the growth of the program from the singular Makerspace, to now encompassing both the new Emerging Tech Center (ETC) and Recording & Editing Center (REC) under the Innovation Zone umbrella. This expansion has proven immensely successful in promoting hands-on learning and has become a hub for exploration, creativity, and skill development. In a world marked by constant change, the Innovation Zone has emerged as a vital catalyst for students, offering free access to cutting-edge equipment, materials, and expertise.

The numbers tell a compelling story—the 7,639 sign-ins represent not just a statistic, but a testament to the IZone’s popularity and its role in shaping the educational journey of countless students. This surge in usage underscores the program’s unique position as a resource that transcends theoretical knowledge, providing students with tangible skills that are invaluable in the real world. Moreover, the IZone’s impact extends beyond STEM disciplines, offering a diverse array of skills that cater to a broad student audience. Whether it’s mastering the intricacies of 3D modeling, gaining experience implementing design thinking, or learning the timeless art of sewing, the IZone fosters a learning environment that caters to a spectrum of interests and career paths. A trip to the UConn Innovation Zone or their upcoming Women in Making Forum and Modified Pinewood Derby is not just a visit; it’s an investment in one’s future—a journey that extends beyond the classroom, offering the practical know-how crucial for success in any field.

Get involved in upcoming IZone events!
– The Women in Making Forum is scheduled for Sunday April 14th in Werth Tower
-The Sixth Annual Modified Pinewood Derby is scheduled for Thursday April 18th 2-6pm on Fairfield Way, part of the Spring Weekend kickoff


Information provided by Cody D. Ryan, Makerspace Supervisor & Matt Chen, Makerspace Fellow