St. Vrain Valley Schools Launches Future-Ready Innovation Lab with Support from Crestone Peak Resources and Others

Mobile technology and innovation lab will provide hands-on STEM and early learning experiences for 33,000 students within the district

DENVER (August 20, 2019) – Crestone Peak Resources together with nine other Colorado businesses and nonprofits today announced a partnership with St. Vrain Valley Schools to launch the Future-Ready Innovation Lab, a cutting-edge mobile technology and innovation center for students. The Innovation Lab will extend student learning beyond the classroom through engaging and hands-on opportunities focused on STEM education and early learning experiences within the cutting-edge coach bus.

“Technology and the world are changing at a rapid pace, and St. Vrain Valley Schools is focused on ensuring that our students are graduating with a strong competitive advantage for the future,” said Dr. Jackie Kapushion, deputy superintendent of St. Vrain Valley Schools. “The Future-Ready Innovation Lab not only showcases the advanced learning that takes place in our classrooms but is also a resource to foster deeper connections between industry and education to foster innovation and pilot new technologies.”

The Innovation Lab emphasizes virtual reality, augmented reality, robotics, design-thinking, aeronautics and STEM to demonstrate real-world applications of technology and innovation. Technologies on board include 3D printing, laser cutting, 360 video production, audio editing, graphic design and much more. Student programming supported by industry experts include design of a hospital room of the future, virtually explore arctic ecosystems or the heart’s chambers, and learn computer programming and other digital skills. The Innovation Lab is 100 percent funded by corporate and nonprofit sponsors, including Crestone Peak Resources, Stapp Toyota, UCHealth, IBM, United Power, and more.

“We’re excited to partner with St. Vrain Valley Schools to provide unique and immersive learning experiences for local students,” said Tony Buchanon, president and CEO of Crestone Peak Resources. “By learning to think creatively about technology and innovation from an early age, we’re connecting these future leaders with industries like ours and preparing everyone for future growth and success.”

Crestone partners with organizations like St. Vrain Valley Schools as part of its efforts to give back to communities where it operates. These types of partnerships allow Crestone to contribute to the strength and sustainability of local communities, while educating on the importance of safe, responsible energy production.

The Innovation Lab will visit the Crestone booth at Energy Day, a free family festival showcasing exhibits focused on STEM learning, next month and Crestone employees will volunteer and support programming with students during the school year. For more information about the Future-Ready Innovation Bus, visit mobilelab.svvsd.org. To learn more about Crestone’s community efforts, visit the ‘community’ tab of the website.

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