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steam tunnels


The Fresno State STEAM Tunnels stimulates innovative and creative thinking by having students participate in engaging projects that require creativity and teamwork. During each activity students learn to apply scientific concepts and skills to solve a particular problem. Students design models, make observations, record data and communicate their ideas and findings, while thinking through real world problems. The Fresno State STEAM Tunnels program incorporates a modified 5E instructional Model, Next Generation Science Standards, Universal Design for Learning and State Math Standards.

Engagement: Students are introduced to a subject usually in the form of a video. The class then discusses and writes questions about the subject. This inquiry is central throughout every lesson.

Exploration: Teams are given challenge goals that they spend this section solving. First, they write the goals; second, they design a model to pass the goals; third, they create a model based off their design; last, they record data from experiments using their models. This section usually ends in a gallery walk, where all students see everyone else’s models.

Guided Research: Teams use technology to pursue their inquiries.

Elaboration: Students return to a similar project with adjusted challenge goals. They use what they have learned from Exploration and Guided Research to pass these goals.

Reflection: This section has a series of math problems for differing grade levels and sentence frames meant to encourage extended responses.

Career Tunnels: Students are introduced to careers related to the lesson subject. Then, they do a “Now, Next, Later” activity that gets them thinking about the process to get in that career.


For more information or to see how you can bring STEAM Tunnels to your school, please call (559)278-3735.

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Project THINK is a monthly career-based challenge that allows students to solve problems rooted in the engineering design process. The program culminates in May with Innovation Day hosted at the Save Mart Center. The THINK program is a student centered, teacher facilitated, design challenge integrating various STEM disciplines, including entrepreneurship and innovation, and aligned to support career exploration for various careers supported through the office of College and Career Readiness at Fresno Unified School District. 

Learn More About THINK

If you have any questions, please contact:

Kristo Bocanegra: .

Ilsle Garcia: .

Kelly Cruz: .


Lyles Center's 3D Print extends a new innovative learning experience to promote problem-solving skills using imagination, design and creativity through 3D printing. This lesson plan introduces the fundamentals of 3D design and 3D printing with step-by-step instructions and 3D model examples to keep students engaged. Students work hands-on projects and learn how to use Comupter-Aided Design (CAD) software to create their designs. Upon completion, the students worked together on their final class project to create a class design and bring it to life using 3D printers. 

Learn More About 3D Innovations

Or contact Max Tsai for more informtion: call 559.278.4180 or email

Innovation Day flyer 2023

Learn More About Innovation Day

If you have any questions, please contact: 

Kristo Bocanegra: .

Ilsle Garcia: .

Kelly Cruz: .


sweet potato

In collaboration with West Fresno Family Resource Center, the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship assists with PHASE 1 of the program described below.

PHASE 1: In late spring, the students learn about urban agriculture and sustainability and planted sweet potato slips donated by D&S Farms in Livingston, CA on an acre of land also donated by the African American Farmers Association. The students participate in entrepreneurial and business skills training workshops and classes taught by California State University, Fresno professionals from Fresno State's Lyles Center. Participants learn about creating a business plan for turning sweet potatoes into a product that can be sold.

For more information or to register your child, visit West Fresno Family Resource Center's website, or contact them at 559-621-2967.

If you have any questions, please contact Mark Aguilar, Program Coordinator at the Lyles Center: .




The Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Fresno State is proud to present their newly developed entrepreneurship curriculum for high school students. These schools will receive any administrative support needed for the successful implementation of the curriculum. This newly developed program was specifically designed with students AND teachers in mind.

This year, the STEP Program Pitch Competition will be held on May 5, 2023!


The following high schools are currently offering Lyles Center STEP programs and classes to their students:

Justin Garza High School
McLane High School
Roosevelt High School
Washington Union High School



Are you looking for rewarding community service hours? Are you a business major looking for exposure in entrepreneurship? Volunteer with Lyles Center STEP (High School Program).

For mor information, please contact Anna Borgeas, Program Coordinator: .