This exciting partnership also comes with an expansion location – a new Pop-Up STEAM Studio on the campus of Rockhurst University, located on the lower level of the Greenlease Library. As Jennifer Friend, Dean of the College of Health & Human Services explains, “This will be a shared workspace that is used not only to engage STEAM Studio students with graduate and under graduate teaching coaches, but will also support the university by leveraging the underutilized space into an active learning resource that multiple departments can take advantage of.”
For STEAM Studio, we are thrilled to be able to offer the aspiring teachers in Rockhurst’s Department of Education an opportunity for rich practicum experiences. Additional benefits include offering more accessibility to serve more central city kids, and to give these kids exposure to more professionals across multiple disciplines on the Rockhurst campus. The students in STEAM Studio will now be able to interact with college students and faculty in business, engineering, the sciences, the arts, and technology, creating more opportunities for the intersection of thoughts leading to new ideas.
Through our work in the Westport location, we’ve seen the incredible benefit of having students learn in an environment filled with professionals. The role modeling that the architects at Gould Evans have offered has proved invaluable to many of our students – they see our associates applying design thinking just as they’re doing, and they come to recognize that even as professionals, the process of creativity is often challenging and fraught with frustration and failure. This realization helps them see these professions as more approachable, and less intimidating. Many have switched their career aspirations right on the spot!
These kind of partnerships offer so much value at so many levels. Rockhurst University is also excited about the prospects that the STEAM Studio Pop-Up space will offer to their service learning opportunities and their engagement with the community. As a catalytic property owner on the Troost Avenue Corridor, they know the value of committing yourself to improve the community, one relationship at a time.
Cheers to an amazing partnership!