STEMworks opened in September 2017 in a newly renovated space on the entrance floor of Gelman Library, and is a one-stop shop to boost data skills just as the Writing Center, located on the same floor, does for writing and editing. Services are available for all GW students, faculty, and staff, regardless of discipline or major, to build skills for research and discovery. Dean Geneva Henry and her staff worked to configure the new space and equip it with a state-of-the-art video telepresence system donated by Cisco and its partner DISYS Solutions. With a focus on active learning and flexibility, the room has electricity throughout and desks on wheels that allow for highly mobile interactions among students and faculty.
“We have incredible students at GW, and they want to be prepared for the world of the future. And in the world of the future, analytics — the analyzing of data and trying to figure out patterns — is a key part of it,” the Provost said at the STEMworks opening. GWLAI is helping prepare students to flourish in this new world with instruction and assistance in skills like writing code in Python and R, two of the most popular computer programming languages for data analysis; using GIS (geographic information systems) software to visualize data geographically; and navigating and managing large-scale data collections.