What's Happening in the Bryan Lab

Read below to learn about news and current projects happening in the Bryan Lab.



Grow with Us

We hope you enjoy these activities intended to connect you to our resilient Earth.


Opening the Door to Discovery

Visiting Innovator Molly Bloom podcasts her way through childhood’s most vexing questions.

Curtis Lee


One Taste at a Time

A short video detailing the many ways Steward is on the front lines of food innovation

Curtis Lee


“I Am Because We Are": Curtis Lee Visits as Year's Last Visiting Innovator

Local community advocate speaks to The Steward School about bridging divides before leaving them with a roadmap for innovation


Life Science Students Build Functional Body Systems

Students Worked in Teams to Collaborate, Create, and Refine

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Feed More CEO Visits Steward

Students discussed empathy and food insecurity, today and in the future


Recycled Orchestra Vists Steward

Musicians from Paraguay visit Steward as part of the Bryan Innovation Lab's Visiting Innovator program.


Upper School Student Group Leads at VCU HealthHacks

Steward students led the pack in the design challenge at VCU’s HealthHacks because of their previous training in design thinking.


Spotlight on the Bryan Innovation Lab

Students in many different classes head to the BIL for interactive activities with a through line of coding.


River Stewards

Through immersive programming, Middle School students learned why and how we can be stewards within Virginia's ecology.


Psychology, Physiology, and BioMedical Design

Juniors use virtual reality to explore the connection between mind and body.

MS Sustainability Award


Middle School Energy Experiment Wins Green Building Council Award

Project one of several energy-related initiatives in the Bryan Innovation Lab and Middle School.


Visiting Innovator Kwame Alexander Inspires Students with Literature

Award-winning author Kwame Alexander visited The Steward School as part of its Visiting Innovator program.


Sharing Stories and Changing Lives

Visiting Innovators inspire community during “Grounds for Good” event.


Upper School English Explores Nigerian Culture

Grade 10 Honors English makes traditional food, crafts based on Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart.


Middle School Digs Deep into Coding through "Think Tanks"

Middle School students are expanding their coding and computer programming skills through a new series of “think tank” sessions.


Food Innovation: The Next Frontier of Entrepreneurship

The Steward School presents opportunities for students to change the world one vegetable at a time.


Grade 4 Creates Circuited Quilt to Honor Black History

Fourth-grade students incorporate LED technology into a comprehensive art/history project.


VIDEO: Pushing the Boundaries of Art and Science with Leah Buechley

Visiting Innovator Leah Buechley shows Richmond community how to blend high tech with traditional craft.


Preparing for Leah Buechley: Programming with Paper

Middle, Upper School students combine technology with everyday materials in advance of Visiting Innovator event.


Turning Geometry into Art

Ninth-grade math students design geometrical tiles through coding, 3D printing.


Navigating an Outdoor Path

Fifth-grade students familiarize themselves with compasses to complete Bryan Lab scavenger hunt in preparation for Visiting Innovator Barrington Irving.


VIDEO: Engaging Students through Innovation

A Perspective from Global Explorer Captain Barrington Irving


A “Fresh” Take on Food Innovation

Middle School club prepares a three-course meal using local ingredients in partnership with Hutch Bar & Eatery.


Promoting Food Sustainability

AP Environmental Science students grow organic microgreens with local company Gourmet Greens.


Creative Coding: Steward Hosts Arts & Technology Hackathon

Students in grades 3-12 engaged in a project that combines art, technology, music, and entrepreneurship.


Setting Up For Math Success

Visiting Innovator Jo Boaler shares math education research, techniques with Richmond community.


VIDEO: Steward's "Kardboard Kingdom" Engages All Ages at MakerFest

Richmond community members built a medieval kingdom from cardboard at regional maker event.


Reinventing the Game of Chess

Shane Diller leads Bryan Lab Ambassadors to create interactive chessboard using LED, Arduino technology.


VIDEO: The Business of Empowerment

Ben & Jerry’s Sean Greenwood explains the company’s socially-driven values to inspire students.


VIDEO: Creating an Environmental Impact

Director of Institute For Figuring Margaret Wertheim combines science and art to educate community.


VIDEO: Learning through Doing

Maker Movement Co-Founder Gary Stager Inspires Students with Ideas


VIDEO: Health Warrior Visits Steward

On April 15, the focus was on health, nutrition, and entrepreneurship at The Steward School.


VIDEO: Sarah Severn Shares Nike’s Sustainability Story

Sarah Severn, recently retired director of stakeholder mobilization at Nike, Inc., visited The Steward School on Wednesday, February 11.


Spartabots Robotics Team Competes in FIRST Tech Challenge

The “Spartabots” participated in the FIRST Tech Challenge Northern Regional Competition on Saturday, January 31.


Steward's Hour of Code

During Computer Science Education Week, The Steward School joined the largest learning event in history—the Hour of Code. This worldwide event has involved more than 78 million students so far.


Montana Educator Connects Gaming to Learning

On Wednesday, November 5, Visiting Innovator Paul Andersen shared his wisdom about learning through the lens of video games.


Visiting Innovator Blends Math, Science, and Art

Visiting Innovator Steve Tanimoto explores the combination of science, math, programming, and art with Steward faculty and staff.


Conundrum Day Tests Student Structural Engineers

Lower School students, parents, and teachers gathered in the Bryan Innovation Lab for a day of problem solving.


Doug Tallamy Wonders, "What's in Your Yard?"

Entomologist Doug Tallamy from the University of Delaware brought his mission to The Steward School to promote his cause, “A Case for Native Plants.”


Bryan Innovation Lab Receives $250,000 Grant from Reynolds Foundation

The Steward School announces the receipt of a $250,000 grant from the Richard S. Reynolds Foundation.


Tibetan Monks Visit Steward School's Bryan Innovation Lab

Tibetan monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery—the largest of Tibet’s monasteries—bring compassion to The Steward School


Social Entrepreneur David Green Introduces Empathetic Capitalism

Visiting Innovator encouraged the Steward community to think outside the box on humanitarian issues.


Spartabots Bring Home a Victory

After months of hard work, the Spartabots came home with a trophy for the prestigious Rockwell Collins Innovate Award.


Statistics Carnival

Following the Bryan Lab model of project or problem-based learning, students devised various carnival games to demonstrate how statistics and probability are used in a real-world game context for children.


It’s All About Wellness

Steward freshmen recently spent a day in the Bryan Innovation Lab learning how to “fill up their buckets.”


Exploring Thoreau in the 21st Century

American Literature students experience the work of Thoreau in a unique manner at the Bryan Innovation Lab.


Learning about Child Development

On Friday, November 8, local pediatrician Charles Terry talked about child development in the Wellness Studio of the Bryan Innovation Lab.


Laughter Yoga in the Wellness Studio

Estelle Brodeur, a certified Laughter Yoga instructor, has been working with the students to teach them about the benefits of Laughter Yoga.

Bryan Innovation Lab in the media

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