Welcome to St Paul & District Innovation Lab the hub for innovation

St Paul & District Innovation Lab

A joint venture of SPDSS with Portage college

St Paul & District Innovation Lab is a creative and innovative playground that provides St. Paul & District residents with a space where multidisciplinary teams can collaborate on ideas proposed by local businesses, industry, and the community. With 36% of our population aged over 50, there is much that our community can gain from the experience of older adults. 

The lab will serve as a safe space where older Adults can participate in activities, fostering intergenerational communication and a sense of scientific community between youth and older Adults. Additionally, the lab will offer opportunities for younger adults to learn computer science, which will enable them to provide training and support to our elders’ community.

St Paul District Innovation lab will open its doors in april 2023

Our Programming

Minecraft for Education

 Join us to do creative builds in the world of Minecraft for Education. Our flagship program of “A Virtual sustainable St. Paul” covers important sustainability concepts applied to smart homes, alternate sources of power, smart farms, recycling centers and wastewater treatment facilities. Furthermore, kids get to build their own international space station or try to survive on Mars. We instill important concepts of Maths, Science and Engineering through the world of Minecraft.

Minecraft for Education

STEAM nights with Adults

The STEAM nights are aimed to bring together the seniors and juniors for joint problem solving activities through science and technology. The groups will be different yet similar set of problems and will have a day to propose solutions. For the younger kids, there will be STEAM building challenges with grand parents

Hackathons with Business Community

This is an exciting opportunity to collaborate and brainstorm with like-minded individuals, and develop innovative solutions to real-world business challenges. Our Hackathon event will bring together entrepreneurs, business owners, and tech enthusiasts from the community to develop new ideas, create prototypes, and pitch them to a panel of judges.

STEM & Robotics

STEM education will enable students coding and innovating in no time.

Join us on a path to the future with courses and workshops on Electronics 101, Robotics through Microcontrollers, Building Drones and Self-Driving cars.

Research and Innovation Opportunities

Research and innovation activities help children develop an understanding of scientific principles and an appreciation for the role of technology in society. They also spark an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, which are becoming increasingly important in today’s rapidly changing world.

Patent Registrations

Offering assistance for patent registrations. Learning about the patent registration process can also help kids to understand the legal and business aspects of innovation, such as the importance of keeping ideas confidential and protecting intellectual property rights. This knowledge can help them to make informed decisions about their own creative endeavors and to understand the steps that need to be taken to protect their ideas.

Scientific & Business Writing

Writing about science and academic subjects can help kids develop clear and effective communication skills. This is because writing about these subjects requires clear, concise and precise language, which can help improve overall writing abilities. Scientific and academic writing can also help kids develop critical thinking skills by requiring them to analyze and synthesize information, evaluate sources, and make arguments based on evidence.

Business & Entrepreneurship

Business & Entrepreneurship courses and workshops will help kids with creativity, problem solving, independence, responsibility. It encourages financial literacy, promotes self-confidence and a sense of purpose. To prepare the kids for hackathons, innovation sprints, we will be offering micro-mini credential courses (several weeks long) to teach business technology skills to young people.

Individual Registrations will open by last week of March 2023

Please register your kid at the following link

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