In partnership with Hamilton County Schools, STEM School Chattanooga, and Chattanooga State Community College


As the nation’s first K-14 Digital Fabrication Center, the Global Center for Digital Innovation (GCDI) is committed to serving the greater Chattanooga community by facilitating ideation, creation, and production through maker-centered learning. Our goal is to provide tools and processes in a safe, equitable, collaborative, and inspiring space to embolden a maker identity and ignite the entrepreneurial spirit. Through digital and traditional fabrication, students and community makers can improve their own lives and the communities around them by turning their ideas into reality.

Innovation Program Manager

Kristin Burrus is the program manager at the GCDI. She has been a teacher in Hamilton County Schools since 1998. Throughout her career she has been a science teacher in 7th -12th grade and facilitated a K-12 VW eLab for two years. She started at STEM School in 2019 and in 2021 the Global Center for Digital Innovation opened as a collaborative effort between HCS, Chattanooga State, and STEM School.

Anna Wineland is a lab instructor at the GCDI. She has over seven years of experience teaching k-12 science. She holds multiple dig-fab certifications, and her favorite machine to work on in the lab is the Epilog Laser. She enjoys board games, camping, and rafting.

Rose Denor is a lab instructor at the GCDI. She served as an AmeriCorps service member before being hired as a full time teacher with the Center. Rose was a history major and is passionate about education. She loves to cook, read, and spend time with family.

Elizabeth Richards is an AmeriCorps Maker Fellow at the GCDI. She is a former seamstress and loves all things design. In her spare time, she reads.


Winner of the First Technology Excellence Awards Unsung Tech Hero of the Year Award announced by the Chattanooga Technology Council 2019.