Amazon to open Think Big Space in Hermiston

AWS Think Space coming to Hermiston School District

HERMISTON, Ore. — The City of Hermiston has been chosen by Amazon Web Services (AWS) as the latest site for the next ‘Think Big Space.’

According to a press release from the district, the AWS Think Big Space is a collaboration between Amazon and the Hermiston School District, which will provide a dedicated space for students and educators to explore innovative and imaginative ideas. They’ll be able to do this by using interactive, hands-on technical education and computing training.

The AWS Think Big Space will also provides enhanced classrooms for students in third grade through fourteenth, grounded in STEAM, also known as science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

District officials said the school district will oversee the space, and work with the Blue Mountain Community College and other private sponsors.

“We’re thrilled about this new space and excited to continue to grow the AWS InCommunities program in Eastern Oregon,” said Cornelia Robinson, Global Leader of Inclusion & Outreach for AWS. “Think Big Spaces aim to develop a spirit of innovation among children and young adults, as well as cultivate their interest in STEAM fields. With the support of the Hermiston School District, we hope this space inspires the next generation of thinkers and builders in Hermiston.”


As they use emerging technologies, students and teachers will be encouraged to ‘Think Big’ by using their creativity and imaginations to solve real-world problems. The spaces will feature an integrated learning environment where everything from the furniture, tech, and curriculum work together to encourage hands-on learning. In addition to that, the Spaces prioritize personalized learning to engage students of all ages, interests and abilities.

“When our students enter the workforce, whether in four years or ten years, the horizon is guaranteed to look different,” said Dr. Tricia Mooney. “Our partnership with AWS for the Think Big Space will give Hermiston students a step ahead, as they learn to look at problems in more innovative and imaginative ways.”

This will be the second Think Big Space to open in the region. The other is located on the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation at the CTUIR Education Department’s After School Center.