Innovation Lab

Visiting Innovators Program

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  • Visiting Innovators

    Since the Bryan Lab's opening in 2013
The Bryan Innovation Lab’s Visiting Innovators program brings real-world experts to Steward’s campus and provides educational opportunities for our students and families that they would likely not have anywhere else.

The program proudly features national and local 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. Visiting Innovators share their expertise in a variety of ways that highlight thinking “outside the box” — speaking to our students, working with classes on relevant issues, making presentations that are open to the Richmond community, and conducting workshops for families. We often maintain long-term relationships with previous Visiting Innovators, as they continue to make strides advancing their missions to empower others to make the world a better place.

2023 Visiting Innovator - Kevin DeBruin

On March 29, 2023, The Steward School welcomed Visiting Innovator Kevin DeBruin. Mr. DeBruin met with students in all divisions throughout the School day in the Bryan Innovation Lab to talk about his experiences as a space science educator, former NASA engineer, and former American Ninja Warrior. 

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  • About the Visit

    Lower Schoolers collaborated in a “city of the future” activity with Mr. DeBruin, and Middle/Upper School students engaged in small-group breakout sessions. Mr. DeBruin and additional invited guest innovators led these sessions, each based on the theme of “The Future Of…,” which touched on a variety of subjects, including technology, finance, music, art, and medicine. 

    Keynote Address 
    Mr. DeBruin also gave a keynote address in the Bryan Innovation Lab. In his talk, “The Future of Space Exploration,” Mr. DeBruin shared what is new and exciting in space science; the rewards and challenges of space missions; and the inspiration behind his two books, including his most recent publication, “To Dare Mighty Things.” 

Our Supporters

Special programming is often available to the Richmond community, and we value partnering with other schools and organizations that are interested in gaining expert perspectives to foster innovative education and insight into a variety of topics.

We thank our sponsors and partners for helping support innovative programing. We believe that our pursuit of innovative education should be collaborative and inclusive; support for our programming helps support sharing this amazing resource with our community.
If you are interested in supporting innovative programming for our community, please contact

Past Event Photos

Meet the Bryan Innovation Lab Team

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  • Photo of Bradley Kovach

    Brad Kovach 

    BIL Dean
    (804) 740-3394 x2326
  • Photo of Megan Young

    Megan Young 

    BIL Program Specialist
    (804) 740-3394 x6615
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