a collaborative project benefitting all DASD elementary students
The Downingtown Community Education Foundation’s (DCEF) Mobile Innovation Lab Project transformed a handicap accessible school bus into a state-of-the-art STEAM mobile classroom that travels to each of DASD's ten elementary schools ensuring equitable access to work with the advanced technologies and participate in unique educational experiences. Housed within the Mobile Innovation Lab will be all the tools, materials and instructional supports including Wi-Fi connectivity, computers and robotics kits to ensure that all 6,000 K-5 students regardless of gender, race, ability, or income gain confidence in their ability to succeed in a STEM/STEAM related field.
The Innovation Lab is powered by the generous support of over 350 donors.
Special thanks to:
Krapf School Bus West Pharmaceutical Services Harper Family Foundation DNB First CCIU E.L. Carpenter Denron Sign Company CCRES Freeman Family Foundation Lowe's NEA First Priority Bank First Resource Bank WSFS acac
The Innovation Lab was a collaboration among DCEF, DASD administrators and educators, the Chester County IU Technical College High School administrators, educations and students, DASD school board, and area stakeholders. Funds for this $347,000 project were raised by DCEF through grants, foundation support, special event fundraisers, corporate and individual donations. The Mobile Innovation Lab is the first of its kind in Pennsylvania serving as a low cost, equitable, and innovative solution for delivering STEM/STEAM project-based learning that could be replicated and, potentially change the way education is delivered.
DCEF continues to support the Innovation Lab. If you work in a company that is interested in promoting education and innovative STEAM experiences for students, please contact Jackie Fenn for more information about how you can get involved.