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Otterbein University Invites Community to Grand Opening of New STEAM Innovation Center

September 16, 2016
Otterbein University

Action-packed day includes Cardboard Challenge, result of building’s naming contest, demonstrations of state-of-the-art equipment, and more.

Westerville, OH—Otterbein University is moving full steam ahead with its new, one-of-a kind STEAM Innovation Center integrating science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics — and the public is invited to celebrate and explore at a family-friendly event on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 60 Collegeview Road.

The day of events at the STEAM Innovation Center will kick off in the morning as Otterbein hosts a Community Cardboard Challenge event, part of the Global Cardboard Challenge, before dedicating its new cutting-edge innovation center. The day is also Homecoming at Otterbein, and the Cardinals will take on cross-town rivals, the Capital Crusaders.

The Community Cardboard Challenge will be held from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. in partnership with the Columbus Museum of Art and the PAST Innovation Lab to celebrate and champion creativity, imagination, critical thinking and community engagement. Students from grades K-12 are invited to get creative and design cool cardboard objects. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Otterbein will hold a “wire cutting” ceremony and announcement of the winner of the building’s naming contest at 11:30 a.m. Speakers will include Otterbein President Kathy Krendl, STEAM Innovation Center Executive Director Erin Bender and Ohio Senator Kevin Bacon. 

The ceremony will be followed by tours, demonstrations, giveaways, food and drinks from 12-2 p.m. Plenty of interactive activities for families will be available.

Demonstrations will include 3D printing, rapid prototyping, musical pipes, laser engraving, and wood cutting. An art space and robots will be on site with members of First Robotics high school teams and representatives from National Robotics Challenge.

PC the Patrol Car and Buster the Bus, two robots from the City of Westerville and Westerville City Schools, will be roaming the building.

Otterbein’s students and faculty are partnering with businesses and industry experts in the center to explore, test, invent and create new ideas for the future while getting hands-on experience that will lead to job creation and economic development for the state of Ohio. The center’s programming will engage the K-12 and two-year public education communities in developing a pipeline of students to help fill the region’s workforce needs.

Otterbein partners attending the event include City of Westerville, Columbus State Community College, Ikove Capital Partners, PolymerOhio and Westerville City Schools. Also in attendance will be the center’s architect, Moody Nolan; contractor, Corna Kokosing; structural engineer, Jezerinac Geers; and mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP) engineer, Karpinski.

For more information about the STEAM Innovation Center, call 614.823-1420 or visit

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