The new state-of-the-art Roberto C. Goizueta Innovation Center is open! Construction on the 8,000 square foot facility was completed at the beginning of the academic year and the facility has been in use since early October.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer our students a space where they can explore a world beyond STEAM and learn how to solve problems in an applied manner,” said Fr. Willie ‘87. “This Innovation Center wouldn’t have been possible had it not been for the generosity of the building’s namesake, alumnus Robert C. Goizueta ‘49. The Goizueta Foundation’s generous $1.5 million-dollar gift was instrumental in us not only building this new area on campus, but also establishing the Goizueta Scholars Program.”
The Innovation Center is currently being used by engineering, robotics, and STEAM classes. Additionally, the Robotics teams use the Innovation Center as their home base of operation and students are also able to experience expanded extracurricular activities. The facility offers a mix between traditional classroom, maker space, and lab. The STEAM Program gives students access to a large selection of tools varying from 3D printers and laser cutters to powerful computers with professional design software.
“The Innovation Center includes spaces specifically designed for each state of creation: inspiration, experimentation, and synthesis,” said STEAM Director Adriana Da Silva, Ph.D. “This space will help usher our students into a different way of thinking and solving problems which will in turn prepare them for the future.”
Click here to watch a video about the Roberto C. Goizueta Innovation Center and click here to take a Virtual Tour of this new space on campus.
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School was founded in 1854 in Havana, Cuba by Queen Isabel II of Spain. The task of educating students was assigned to the priests and brothers of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), whose teaching tradition is synonymous with academic excellence and spiritual discipline. In 1961, the new political regime of Cuba confiscated the School property and expelled the Jesuit faculty. The School was re-established in Miami the same year, and over the next decade, continued to grow. Today, Belen Jesuit sits on a 30-acre site in western Dade County, only minutes away from downtown Miami.