STEAM Factory Programs

The STEAM Factory hosts a variety of programs that aim to facilitate collaboration between STEAM members and connect research with the greater Columbus community. These programs contribute to the scholarship of research, teaching, and outreach for its members.

Current Programs

STEAM Exchanges

The salon-style seminar series, called "STEAM Excha​nges," are held monthly, focused around broad thematic topics. Workshops topics may include:

  • Current research endeavors, bringing multidisciplinary perspectives to bear on a single issue with a purpose of identifying opportunities for cross-collaboration
  • Specialty programming facilitating interdisciplinary faculty collaborations, such as, "Describe your research in 60 seconds."
  • Sharing of experiences and transfer of tools and resources to enhance teaching methods

Franklinton Fridays

On the second Friday of each month, 400 W. Rich hosts Franklinton Fridays, an open house complete with open artist studios, shows, foodtrucks, and demonstrations by the residents of 400 W. Rich. The STEAM Factory hosts open presentations and interactive activities by STEAM faculty members in a variety of interesting and engaging formats. 

Columbus Science Pub

Since 2010, the Columbus Science Pub has been dedicated to hosting speakers from across the fields of scientific study at no charge to the public. We've hosted scientists and researchers from The Ohio State University, The Kinsey Institute, Harvard University, Battelle, The Columbus Zoo and many more.  Our speakers have covered a diverse range of topics from the neurobiology of zombies to the science of fracking to ethnomusicology. By connecting the Columbus community with experts who use science in their daily lives, we grow science literacy. We present a new talk every month. Speakers are invited based on requests from our audience, science topics in the news, and recommendations from the Columbus community. Please contact Katherine O’Brien ( and Rob Evans ( if you have questions, suggestions, or would like to give a talk.

Benefits of STEAM Factory Programs for Members

  • Training in how to engage with a broad public audience
  • Development of community and industry partner relationships
  • Feedback on publicly-funded research
  • Transfer of teaching skills, techniques and tools across research disciplines
  • Development of new methods for displaying, visualizing and disseminating research
  • Opportunities for enhanced cross-faculty interaction, engagement and research collaboration