Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) converge in UNC Asheville’s educational space at the River Arts Makers Place (RAMP), engaging the next generation of makers, engineers, artists and entrepreneurs, who work side-by-side with faculty and staff experts experienced in all facets of the creative process.
UNC Asheville’s STEAM Studio brings together innovation, design and fabrication with equipment for 3D modeling, as well as water jet, laser and plasma cutters. It features multiple forms of metal fabrication equipment alongside a state-of-the-art woodworking facility and spaces designed specifically to support cross-disciplinary learning through collaborations.
Developed by UNC Asheville, the state’s designated public liberal arts university and a national leader in making an impact, STEAM Studio connects campus into the creative community of Asheville.
Faculty and Staff on site:
Brent Skidmore is UNC Asheville’s Public Arts and Humanities Chair and one of the driving forces behind STEAM at the RAMP and the Center for Creative Entrepreneurship. An accomplished artist and woodworker, innovator and networker, he is immersed in the Asheville creative community. He’s nurtured the vision for these initiatives for nearly a decade.
Sara Sanders ’11 is the university’s engineering lab manager, and an alumna. She returned to campus after working at Eaton manufacturing because of the makerspace vision and is thrilled to be an integral part of STEAM Studio.