How We Inspire
The Advanced Learning team inspires the community to become involved in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) from a young age through adulthood. According to a study by the National Science and Math Initiative, STEM job creation over the next 10 years will outpace non-STEM jobs significantly. STEM workers can also expect higher salaries. IALR recognizes the importance of STEM education and workforce training for both the nation and region’s success. The Advanced Learning division offers STEM programs throughout the year to expose students to STEM in hopes that they may develop an interest in these critical areas.
Exploration & Exposure
Career Connections Labs
Exposing middle schoolers to machining, welding, IT, healthcare, robotics, mechatronics and advanced materials with GO Virginia and GO TEC partners.
Class Field Trips
Customized to fit your needs from hands-on science activities to tours of our labs and greenhouses. Learn how we impact Southern Virginia.
SOVA Career Choice Youth Expo
Showing more than 4,000 students local career opportunities, area employers and training requirements in a hands-on atmosphere.
STEM Learning Opportunities
Loaner Lab Program
Encouraging classroom STEM activities by allowing educators to borrow robotics, vernier and biotechnology equipment. Training available.
Mobile Inspiration Lab
Bringing STEM inspiration and activities to schools and organizations with a 45-foot mobile lab equipped with hands-on demonstrations.
Southern Virginia STEM-H Summit
Introducing Southern Virginia students to STEM-H career paths. Offering STEM-H educators professional development opportunities.
Continuing children's learning experience when school is out of session. Hands-on activities with drones, Minecraft and more extends the fun.
High School Programs
Academy for Engineering & Technology
Enabling high school students to take dual-enrollment engineering courses to expedite their training for this in-demand career path.
Piedmont Governor's School for Math, Science and Technology
Offering advanced, dual-enrollment classes to high school students wishing to prepare early for college and future career opportunities.
Helping students prepare for their future with experiential learning in the real world through paid internship opportunities with IALR and others.
Supporting students' dreams and career goals with the financial support to complete training programs and/or college.