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New Vision, New Facilities

Featuring flexible labs, collaboration hubs, an Innovation Zone, and multidisciplinary project spaces, the Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation is one of the largest STEM education facilities in the country.


Innovation happens when different skills and perspectives come together to solve complex problems.

With research neighborhoods for complementary departments literally built into the blueprint and collaborative project spaces throughout, the Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation breaks down silos. Faculty and students are encouraged to ask questions, learn from each other, and find new approaches to research.




All of the resources of Silicon Valley come together here.

On-site research projects led by tech and life science companies, internship opportunities, workshops, and visiting scholars. Students start building contacts and gain professional experience as soon as they step foot on campus.



This is a place where big ideas are explored and implemented.

SCDI brings scientific discovery from the fringes and showcases it in the center of campus with the Innovation Zone, Robotics Systems Lab, Latimer Energy Lab, Imaginarium virtual reality lab, and natural science labs—all outfitted with the latest equipment. Students are taught how to plan, act, and problem-solve with the end-user in mind.


Why It Matters
Made possible by a $100 million gift from John A. ’60 and Susan Sobrato, the Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation represents Santa Clara’s commitment to be a world-class leader in STEM education.
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By bringing together experts from diverse disciplines and giving them the latest resources, SCDI changes the way we approach STEM education.

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