Visiting Innovators Program

Connecting nationally recognized leaders and local experts to our community.

The Bryan Innovation Lab’s Visiting Innovators program educates and inspires our community through experiences that connect concepts of innovation and sustainability to academic and human endeavors in the arts and sciences.

The program proudly features nationally and locally recognized experts who are leading thinkers and change-makers in their fields. While on campus, these innovators help students, faculty, and the Richmond community develop a deeper understanding of world issues. The Visiting Innovators share their expertise in a variety of ways that highlight hands-on problem solving—speaking to our students, working with classes on relevant issues, making presentations that are open to the Richmond community, and conducting workshops for families. This program furthers the school’s commitment to fostering innovation and stewardship in our students and the greater Richmond community. Click Here to see past Visiting Innovators.

During the 2016-17 school year we welcomed:

Jo Boaler, Ph.D. – Grow Your Math Brain: Unleashing Students’ Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages, and Innovative Teaching
Monday, November 7, 2016
Dr. Boaler, Stanford professor and noted TED speaker, teaches how confidence, practice, and approaching math as a creative process can unlock success. As we prepare our children for the workforce of tomorrow, we must decrease anxiety and encourage enthusiasm for math along with science, technology and engineering. Dr. Boaler will share creative approaches for both parents and educators to develop a growth mindset in students, especially girls. Click here to read about Dr. Boaler's visit to Steward.

Barrington Irving – A flight of Inspiration: Aviator, student mentor, and educator Barrington Irving draws on lessons learned while setting a world record
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Mr. Irving set world records as the first African American and the youngest person to ever fly around the world solo, and he did it all in a plane he built himself. Mr. Irving now shares his wisdom from those adventures–bravery, ingenuity, and problem-solving—with underserved youth. He founded a mentorship program that educates and empowers students in math, science, and engineering. He also shared these lessons with the Steward community during his February visit. This event was hosted in partnership with the Science Museum of Virginia. Click here to read about Mr. Irving's visit.

Leah Buechley – Beautiful Technology: Blending high tech with traditional craft to bring programming off of our screens and into our hands
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Ms. Buechley, inventor of the LilyPad Arduino, is an artist, electrical engineer, and educator. She is the founder of the High-Low Tech group at MIT Media Lab. At Steward, she’ll discuss her leading-edge work in human-centered design, blending craft materials such as textiles and papers with electronic technologies. This makes programming technologies accessible to a broader array of people. It allows new pathways for creativity and technological understanding for programmers, artists, and students of all ages. To view her TED Talk, which more than 750,000 people have watched, click here. To read about Ms. Buechley's visit, click here.

The Bryan Innovation Lab Visiting Innovators program is made possible through grants from The Robins Foundation, E. E. Ford Foundation, and Luck Companies Foundation.

How to apply:

At The Steward School, we believe an environment with a diversity of talents, abilities, cultures, and backgrounds provides the richest and most fully rounded educational experience. We invite all interested persons to become a part of our learning community through participation in the Visiting Innovators Program. To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and application. Email the application packet to The Steward School at resumes@stewardschool.org or mail to:

Visiting Innovators Program
Bryan Innovation Lab
11600 Gayton Road
Richmond, Virginia 23238

In addition to completing the attached application, three letters of recommendation must be submitted. These letters should be from the most recent supervisors or clients and should address your suitability as a visiting scholar in this program. The Steward School provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified employees and applicants for employment and does not discriminate on basis of race, color, religion, gender, or national origin.

Visiting Innovators Program Expectations and Opportunities

The overall expectation of the program is that visiting scholars will share their knowledge and talents with members of the school community to create novel learning experiences about innovation, design, and sustainability in a meaningful and rewarding way.

Visiting scholars at the Bryan Lab help plan and implement programs that provide hands-on opportunities for students to turn ideas into action and inspire the community at large to affect change in a positive manner.

 

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