Innovation Lab

Innovation Lab

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.