U.S. Congressman Mark Meadows Visits UNC Asheville’s STEAM Studio

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Meadows Visits UNC Asheville’s STEAM Studio

U.S. Congressman Mark Meadows (R, NC-11) toured UNC Asheville’s STEAM Studio at The RAMP during a visit to campus on Aug. 24. The space, set to open later in the fall semester, is nearing completion with a few pieces of large equipment already in place. Even as it takes shape, the connections are already clear, from connecting campus to the River Arts District to showcasing the interdisciplinary connections at the core of a liberal arts education.  

“The new resources and opportunities available to students through the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) Studio at UNC Asheville will be critical for growing a culture of innovation and providing more ways for students to connect campus with the surrounding community. I want to thank Chancellor Mary Grant and the members of the UNC Asheville community for giving me a tour of the studio, and I look forward to seeing the positive impact of this new facility in the lives of students,” said Congressman Meadows.

The facility is envisioned with innovation, design and fabrication in mind and will be outfitted with new equipment for 3D modeling and printing, as well as water jet, laser and plasma cutters. It will feature multiple forms of metal fabrication equipment alongside woodworking facilities and spaces designed specifically to support cross-disciplinary learning through collaborations.

RAMP, which stands for River Arts Makers Place, is located on Riverside Drive, adjacent to UNC Asheville’s campus.

The ability to move into and equip the new facility is being funded by a $500,000 grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation, an equipment grant of $400,000 from Duke Energy Foundation and $100,000 from North Carolina State University.