Bourns Family Youth Innovation Center: The Keeper of STEM Spirit in Riverside, CA 

By: Sharjeel Sohaib


Feb 4, 2022


If there’s one place in Riverside, California that carries an innovative and futuristic aura, it’s the Bourns Family Youth Innovation Center. It has all the modern gadgets and technology that transports you 20 years ahead of today. 3-D printers, It has a sound room, a film-production room and a computer lab, and a lounge equipped with six televisions ready to stream games.

The center is named after the Bourns family, which donated $1 million for construction. The Youth Innovation Center (YIC) is City of Riverside’s newest community center. It offers free and fee based services to startups in the fields of computer science, robotics, engineering, arts, electronics, and technology.

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CREATE — Computers, Robotics, Engineering, Art, Technology and Electronics 

The motto of Bourns Family Youth Innovation Center is CREATE which stands for Computers, Robotics, Engineering, Art, Technology. The center offers lessons in robotics, programming, coding, and web design.

About half of the classes are free. For Riverside residents, annual memberships cost $25 for adults and $15 for children 18 and under. For non-Riverside residents, the price is $37.50 for adults and $22.50 for children.

It was at the end of the last year that the innovation center invited children to visit the facility. Students get a chance to tour the new Bourns Family Youth Innovation Center while learning to develop a website with multiple pages.

The innovation center provides opportunities to visitors by introducing them to professionals and services that will promote and enhance learning to increase the likelihood of life-long success. The focus is to prepare students and young ones for success by providing a safe environment that fosters collaboration, learning, and creativity.

Bourns Foundation Sponsors the Innovation Center

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    Sharjeel joined Startempire Wire as emerging technologies editor. Earlier, he worked at Silicon Canals, a leading English language technology media source for the Benelux and wider Europe. He covered the European technology and startup ecosystem digging into latest funding rounds of startups.


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