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30 March 2009 No Comment

First-Ever Geek House Debuts on Campus.

The brainchild of Debbie Miller ’71 and a current member of the university’s Board of Directors, Wittenberg has constructed its first-ever Geek House, a Woodlawn Avenue residence that is intended to foster technological creativity on campus.

geek-houseOutfitted with established and emerging information technologies to create a resource-rich environment for students to work on information technology-oriented projects, the house supports Wittenberg’s commitment to experiential learning and brings yet another local resource for students interested in applications of technology.

Coinciding with newly available scholarship opportunities for study in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine, regional internships, and the opening of the Next Edge Technology Park in Springfield, students will now have a wide array of options to prepare for tomorrow’s careers.

“The long-term potential of the Geek House will be realized by the combination of projects and creative ideas that converge there,” said Eric Stahlberg, director of computational science and faculty adviser to the house.

“Ideal projects would have a base in technology, be applied to a real-world problem, provide a motivation for students to learn, and ultimately benefit a broader community within a one-year time frame.”

During the first pilot year, access to the house will be based on project involvement, with the house equipped to accommodate 12-15 students working on three to four team projects. Project proposals will be selected based on their potential for student benefit, innovative use of technology and broader community impact. Eventually, the house is expected to become an actual technology-centered student residence.  

 

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