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The ASU Chandler Innovation Center is a public-private partnership among Arizona State University (ASU), City of Chandler, and TechShop. It is an innovative model to support entrepreneurs, students, and inventors to create products and start businesses. This Center consists of more than 35,000-square-foot space outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment, software, and tools provided through TechShop and ASU classrooms and meeting rooms for courses, workshops, and events. It gives ASU students and the broader community access to a wide range of prototyping equipment and a creative community to support the advancement of innovative ideas. The ASU Chandler Innovation Center represents an alliance, which offers innovative learning models and interdisciplinary educational programs in engineering, applied sciences, management and entrepreneurship. ASU is t he first university in the country to partner with TechShop a collaboration that provides a model for other higher education institutions in support of the maker movement. With technology changing at a rapid pace – and education often lagging behind – it is critical for municipalities and academic institutions to embrace the needs of communities, industries and employers in providing a qualified workforce and innovation capacity. All three partners believe the ASU Chandler Innovation Center embodies this very movement.
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