The Bryan Innovation Lab regularly works with local partners to provide unique programming for Steward students and the community. The "BIL" serves not only as an innovation center for students on the Steward campus, but also as a resource for others, both locally and nationally, who are interested in innovative topics.
The Bryan Innovation Lab extends its welcome mat to the greater Richmond community for events and collaboration throughout the year. It is our goal to include friends old and new who are interested in the topics at hand. Please contact Megan Young for more information about events at the Bryan Lab.
Engagement in Innovation
The Bryan Lab aims to be a connector for innovative ideas between The Steward School and the Richmond community. A few examples of our partners and programs include:
The Steward campus has a certified bluebird trail with ten bluebird boxes in our habitats. For several years, the Bryan Lab has collected data for submission to the Bluebird Society of Virginia, and the school continues to host a live webcam during nesting season.
The Steward School Satellite Reef is part of the larger international network of a citizen science project that is increasing awareness about the importance of coral reefs around the world. The Institute for Figuring and the Crochet Coral Reef project is led by Dr. Margaret Wertheim, who served as a Visiting Innovator in 2016. This hands-on project and exhibit has been created by faculty, staff, students, parents, and RVA community members. This project supports the intersection of nature, technology, art, and math.
Through a partnership with the James River Association, the seventh-grade students spend part of Middle School Community Week at the VCU Rice Rivers Center, exploring and learning about the James River and its importance in Central Virginia.
The Shyla Ipsen Memorial Gardens feature a nationally-certified Monarch Waystation on our campus grounds. Students work with horticulture experts to plant native perennials that help support the life cycle of monarch butterflies and other pollinators. Visitors have the opportunity to learn how sustainable horticulture practices can help create vibrant and healthy ecosystems for all.
The habitat and gardens surrounding the Bryan Lab are designated as a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. Our educators believe education about how to support a healthy ecosystem and diversity among wildlife helps foster stewardship in our students and their engagement with the world.
The Science Museum of Virginia continues to be a resource for dynamic programming that is supported in the Bryan Lab. Access to local experts and national research helps fuel student experiences and professional development for faculty and staff. The Kardboard Kingdom, which was an exhibit hosted by Steward at the museum's RVA Makerfest in 2016, is one example of how Steward has partnered with SMV to help bring innovation to the RVA community.
We invite community partners in the Greater Richmond metro area to work with us on inititatives that serve our community and environment.
Awards and Recognition
The Steward School is fortunate to have an award-winning facility and innovative educational resource on campus. Our success is built on many years of expert advice and engagement to help design, build, and support innovative education in our Richmond, Virginia community. Organizations that are striving to innovate their programming or facilities are invited to contact us to learn more about the Bryan Innovation Lab.
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2016 Virginia Secretary of Agriculture — Gracie Goodpasture
2015 Department of Education, Green Ribbon School Award
2015 National Science Teachers Association, Angela Award — Gracie Goodpasture
2015 American Institute of Architecture, 3North's Design of the Bryan Innovation Lab, Richmond Honor Award
2014 Governor's Environmental Excellence Award, Bronze Medal
2014 Partners in the Arts, University of Richmond Grant Award for Math, Science, Physics, and Art
2014 Crystal Award, VCU Energy and Sustainability Conference
2013-2014 Virginia Naturally Recognized School
2013 VAIS, Virginia Association of Green Schools, Go Green VA Challenge, First Place
2013 Tricycle Gardens, Golden Trowel Award, Certificate of Recognition