The STEM Education Center

STEM Education Center

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

As the world’s leader in aviation and aerospace education, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is committed to the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics - a STEM-based education. Embry-Riddle has focused on STEM education throughout its nearly 90-years of existence. We believe the key to future economic prosperity lies in our ability to provide students with the STEM-centered know-how, technology and hands-on experience to translate information, ideas, and skills into tools for solving the industry’s biggest challenges.

STEM Center At a Glance

To help students achieve their greatest potential, the STEM Education Center required industry grade laboratories, workshops, and studios worthy of the brilliant scholars who would use them. A few of the most exciting new laboratories at Embry-Riddle include: 

The Jim and Linda Lee Planetarium features a state-of-the-art dome theater and powerful digital projection system that allows for presentations of NASA’s library of shared content and 3-D universe exhibitions. The planetarium and theater illuminates the universe to viewers with stunning clarity, and is prominently featured through media and educational outlets within the local area and beyond.

Learn more about the planetarium and view public showtimes.

The Cavendish Lab provides students with the ability to research and experiment with exotic propulsion systems, including the study of matter and antimatter interactions, which could ultimately be used to revolutionize deep space travel. 
The LIGO Optics Lab allows students to investigate and identify the ‘physics reach’ of LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) detectors and their search for Gravitational Waves—a key indicator in the identification and study of black holes. 

The Drs. Charles and Elizabeth Duva Robotics Lab supports multiple courses, labs, and studies in the ever-growing field of robotics engineering and programming. The lab features indoor and outdoor testing areas, and will enable the development of stationary, mobile, and aerial robotic systems. 

The Energy and Thermo-Fluids Lab is where students study how thermos-fluid phenomena work and how it affects engineering design. The energy labs provide experience with standard and green energy experiments. A connected portion of the lab will house an outside energy yard that allows students to experiment with energy harvesting devices. 
The Raisbeck Engineering Design Studio supports mechanical engineering and multi-disciplinary design courses, creating a realistic team based capstone design experience for all students in each stage of the design process from conception and assembly to testing and operation.
The Space Grant Lab supports the students’ work on group projects including our payloads from cube satellites and high-altitude scientific ballooning missions. The lab also includes a cleanroom for continued payload and instrument development. 
The Keickhefer Foundation Forensic Lab empowers students with industry-grade forensic biology equipment. Studies in this lab include sampling and analysis of DNA evidence and blood types, polymerase chain reactions (PCR), genetic sequencing, microscopy techniques, biochemical analysis of body fluids and environmental contaminants, anatomy and physiology, as well as microbial identification.
The Margaret Morris Foundation Wildlife Science Lab prepares wildlife professionals to study animals, their habitats, and their ecosystems. This lab will be used for ecology, ornithology, mammalogy, and plant identification courses, which aid graduates in dealing with the management of wildlife issues in urban, rural, and airport settings.

Filling a Vital Need in the Quad Cities Area

As a dynamic and growing STEM-focused university, we are poised to take aviation, aerospace and engineering education to the next level, Embry-Riddle is at the heart of this effort. The STEM Education Center is a critical step in that direction.

Open to the public and designed for frequent community use, the STEM Education Center will serve as an inspirational community outreach tool to promote STEM education and provide hands-on, state-of-the-art lab space. Used by our students, local middle and high school students, as well as summer campers, the STEM Education Center will be a hub for STEM-related activities throughout the state and region.

Embry-Riddle is committed to preparing students for success and maximizes their investment in their education and professional careers. With an alumni network of more than 120,000 and ranked in the top 1 % of all private colleges for return on investment by Affordable Colleges Online, graduates have ample opportunity for success.

The Embry-Riddle STEM Education Center will fill a vital need for promoting and enhancing STEM education at Embry-Riddle and for inspiring the middle and high school students in Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, Mayer and the greater Arizona community at large, to pursue careers in these economically dynamic fields. Featuring a variety of labs and a community-friendly planetarium, the Embry-Riddle STEM Education Center will be an ultramodern science building to serve the STEM education needs of the region for decades.

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The Jim and Linda Lee Planetarium

The Jim and Linda Lee Planetarium: Public Planetarium Shows

The Jim and Linda Lee Planetarium is the only Arizona planetarium north of Phoenix, and is capable of showing everything from the the inner complexities of the human body to the farthest reaches of the known universe.

the prescott campus

Community Events Calendar

From athletics to our speaker series, to public planetarium shows to concerts and other ERAU events, check out the new Community Calendar to see what's happening at Embry-Riddle.

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Contact Us

Andy Fraher
Director of STEM Outreach

Interested in visiting the STEM Education Center? We provide tours as well as work with K-12 school groups for visits, including Jim and Linda Lee Planetarium full-dome presentations! Email us today to find out more.

If you would like to coordinate a STEM Outreach event, please complete the Request for STEM Outreach Event Form below and email it to