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The Innovation Lab officially opens and offers a whole new (virtual) world

The student became the teacher last night as three US students guided guests through the new Innovation Lab and provided instruction on the equipment. The event, on Wednesday, Jan. 30, served as the grand opening of the Lab and included a ribbon cutting ceremony and donor appreciation reception for a group of faculty, students, and donors.

"This event recognized the donors who made this remarkable space a reality. Their individual gifts to the Innovation Lab, along with the proceeds from the Parents' Associations' KingTucky Derby, resulted in $1MM raised for this exciting new facility that we officially opened tonight. It is because of their generosity and the tireless dedication of the Parents Association to our School that all students, present and future, can utilize this space to learn, design, create, build, and collaborate," comments Lauren Fredette, Director of Development.

Spencer Creveling '20, George Chieffi '20 and Arynn Rybalov '21, along with Kathryn Warren, Innovation Lab Director, and Dr. Tom Castonguay, Director of STEM, greeted guests as they entered the Lab and offered instruction on the virtual reality equipment, laser engraver, 3D printers, and the digital embroidery machine.

The Lab provides Middle and Upper School students the tools, space, and guidance to inspire and nurture discovery. Through real-time critical thinking and trial-and-error activities, students learn to design solutions to real world problems. The Innovation Lab expands upon other campus hubs for discovering and creating, including the Lower School Makerspace, the Computer Science Media Center, computer labs, science labs, recording studio, scene shop, and craft room.

Learn more about the Innovation Lab here.