Enthusiastic Students and Businesses are Drawn to UNHM's New Facilities: the Emerging Technology Center and STEM Discovery Lab

Enthusiastic Students and Businesses are Drawn to UNHM's New Facilities: the Emerging Technology Center and STEM Discovery Lab

Oct 11, 2013

UNH Manchester has two new resources for discovery in science, technology, engineering and math – the Emerging Technology Center and the STEM Discovery Laboratory. Both facilities are less than a year old and already are attracting many enthusiastic students, businesses, and community partners to collaborate, learn, explore, and innovate.

At the Emerging Technology Center (ETC), entrepreneurs and business leaders tap into the energy and expertise of students eager to learn and build their portfolio. Launched in April 2013, the ETC creates an environment where students collaborate with business partners and faculty to work on real world projects. Together, they develop prototypes, systems, and innovative solutions to meet the needs of businesses and organizations of northern New England.

Paul Bencal, director of the ETC, sees the center as a place for creative collaboration. The ETC currently offers expertise in mobile and desktop application development, web development (including e-commerce, search engine optimization, and social media integration), business services (accounting, purchasing, inventory management), digital media communications (video production, web animation) graphic design, electrical and mechanical engineering services (including prototyping), and marketing and technical writing services.

Then, in early October, the doors to UNH Manchester’s STEM Discovery Lab opened for the first time to students who will spend Tuesday evenings for the next five weeks learning about topics ranging from video game development and 3D animation, to space exploration and the mathematics behind texting.  The pilot program includes more than 120 students in grades 4 through 12 from partner organizations Granite United Way, Mill Falls Charter School, and Beech Street Elementary school.

The STEM Discovery Lab creates a challenging, hands-on learning community where K-12 students and teachers can engage in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and language arts through a research-based curriculum. The STEM Discovery Lab is part of the larger University System initiative to double the number of STEM graduates by 2025.

Read more:
Taking Care of Business at UNH’s Emerging Technology Center
Launching the Next Generation of Scientists

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