CREATE at Arizona Science Center includes the renovation of the former Phoenix Museum of History into an educational "maker space" environment that provides hands-on, STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Math) learning opportunities with a focus on K-12 education. As a destination that supplements the interactive exhibits of the Science Center, CREATE invites visitors to make, iterate and build in a hands-on environment.
Organized around a central social commons to foster collaboration, the space provides a series of flexible workspaces that can be adapted for a variety of individual, small team or larger group projects. Some zones can also be set up to allow for several classes to engage in design and making challenges as part of the educational programming of the facility. More specialized design resource areas open into the workspace environment and provide the opportunity for more focused and self-directed making. It is in these spaces that more sophisticated resources such as 3D-printing, robotics workshop, 3D-scanning, and wood and metal working are made available to further challenge and foster a culture of creative play.
The design for the space itself reflects and inspires this culture of making through utilizing industrial materials – the same that can be found in the wood and metal shop – and using them in inventive ways.