About the inspiration lab

IALR’s Inspiration Lab advances K-12 STEM education by providing quality, hands-on activities to students and educators within IALR’s service region. The 45-foot mobile lab hosts guests at IALR and visits schools, neighborhoods, organizations, community events and more.

Participants aboard the Inspiration Lab enjoy a high level of exposure to STEM and are amazed and excited by the presentations and hands-on educational activities. The Inspiration Lab is our means of delivering STEM education to Southern Virginia and beyond.

Meet Our

Program Coordinator

Bruce Waller

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Office: 434.766.6786
Meet The Team

The Inspiration Lab offers:  

  • Wireless internet access
  • Large assortment of hands-on learning supplies and equipment
  • Robots, probes and other green technologies
  • MarkerBot, Flash Forge and Stratasys 3D printers
  • Surface Pro 4 touchscreen tablets with keyboards
  • 60-inch HD touchscreen ceiling monitor 
Who We Serve

We visit public, parochial or private K-12 schools or educational groups within the state of Virginia and part of North Carolina. We concentrate on grades 3-12 and are particularly interested in going to middle schools.


Inspiration Lab visits are at no charge to the schools visited in the cities of Danville and Martinsville and the counties of Pittsylvania, Halifax, Mecklenburg, Franklin, Patrick, and Henry. For schools outside of these areas, contact Bruce Waller.

How to Request a Visit

If you’re interested in having the Inspiration Lab visit your school or organization, click here or on the button below to complete our request form. We strongly urge you to complete the form at least a month prior to your desired date. Note that submission of the form does not guarantee a visit; it is merely a request and will be answered by our Program Coordinator with next steps. 

Contact Bruce Waller with any questions.

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