Non-profit 'Learning Lab' opening in downtown Wichita with podcast center, stem labs, and more
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - The latest attempt at education innovation will soon open up in downtown Wichita with a nationally known partner.
The Koch-funded non-profit "Stand Together" today announced it will be opening up a Learning Lab at the south end of Union Station.
They're still in the design phase of renovating the nearly 16,000-square-foot space.
The director says it will include movable walls to provide adjustable spaces for various educators and students as well as the facilities and equipment for specialized locations, like a podcast center and stem labs. It will be a membership-based service.
The director also says some micro schools might even call the facility home, while other home school and tutor groups may only come in once or twice a week. They say the goal is to find new ways to help kids learn.
"Trying to figure out the best way to go about things and so with the resources and the tools and the partnership that we can offer them here, they can tinker with their idea. they can discover what ways of engagement for their learners resonate the most," said Leanin Lab Director Lydia Hampton."They can find partnerships across the community."
Learning Lab Wichita announced its first partner today: Khan Lab School, from the same people who are behind Khan Academy on YouTube.
They open in August in a temporary facility but expect the space to be ready by January. Parents and educators interested can sign up to get the latest updates by clicking here.