The Innovation Station Project

Contact: Lena Pham or Diane Satchwell

The Innovation Station project aims to create innovation labs through partnerships between libraries, employers and educators. This concept was modeled by the collaboration between Chula Vista Public Library, Chula Vista Elementary School District, and Qualcomm to create a space for learning called the Innovation Station. Qualcomm designed the original Thinkabit Lab™ to encourage students to consider science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)-related careers by spending a full day exploring STEM tools in a hands-on, do-it-yourself, learning lab.

Funds for this project are being used to create Innovation Stations and further expand upon the concept of collaborations between libraries, educators, and public/private organizations. Through this project, formally known as the "Innovation Station Project," the Southern California Library Cooperative will work with California State Library staff to connect people with the skills required in various jobs and encourage the creative problem-solving that is central to success in California’s innovation-based economy.

Long-term goals include:

  • Using technology and tools provided in the Innovation Station to excite and engage members of the community to explore creative programs and develop skillsets. This may include introducing technology that is cutting-edge or further exploring STEM and STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, art, and math) resources.
  • Engaging libraries and partners to provide resources to sustain the Innovation Station space and enhance the library experience. This in turn will enhance library sustainability and further position the library as a cornerstone of the community.

The Innovation Station is a project of the Southern California Library Cooperative and the California State Library. It is supported with California Library Services Act funding which is administered by the California Library Services Board.