Innovation Academy

Innovation Academy

Registration for the summer of 2023 will open March 1, 2023. Check back in mid February 2023 for updated summer program offerings.

Welcome to Innovation Academy.  For 12 years, we’ve been empowering, innovating, and learning alongside St Vrain students, and nothing is going to stop us from continuing this annual tradition!  Please join us for year 12 as we continue to host Innovation Academy in-person! This exciting summer program is taught by St. Vrain Valley School District educators with the support of Innovation Center PTECH students.  Innovation Academy fosters a foundation of critical thinking through inquiry-based learning and will create a community of learners that will think globally and collaboratively to develop innovative approaches to problem-solving.

Do these characteristics describe your child?

If so, this is the program you’ve been looking for!

  • INTERDEPENDENT:  Your child is a team player, collaborative, leads and follows as situations demand, and communicates effectively. Your child can also come to consensus through collaboration and a shared vision, advocating for their own needs and the needs of others. 
  • RISK TAKER:  Your child tries new things, explores and confidently shares.
  • THINKER: Your child solves problems, generates original and innovative ideas, is solution-oriented, is flexible and can build on the ideas of others. 
  • CURIOUS:  Your child asks questions and wonders about their community and the world.
  • PERSISTENT:  Your child is tenacious, self-disciplined, continues to work through frustration, and is comfortable with ambiguity.
  • CREATIVE:  Your child is imaginative, explores new things / ideas / strategies, and respectfully builds off the ideas of others.

Scheduling Information

Join us for one fun-filled week (Mon-Thurs) at Blue Mountain Elementary to learn, discover, and identify problems in our world and brainstorm possible solutions.  Then come and join us on the final day for an Exhibition of Learning! 

The 2022 summer schedule is June 13-16 for students currently enrolled (21-22 school year) in kindergarten – fifth grade. Session A is for students completing Kindergarten – 2nd grade. Session B is for students completing 3rd-5th grades. Classes run 8:30-12:30 Monday through Wednesday. The exhibition of learning is on Thursday and will begin at 11:45. We ask parents /guardians to attend. Our hope is that every child has a grown-up to share their learning with that day!  Parents and students will enjoy The Innovation Museum of the Future where your child will share his or her prototype that will solve a problem within the following themes: 

  • Session A:  Kindergarten- 2nd Grade
    • Food & Transportation
    • Building & Schools
  • Session B:
    • Cities & Energy
    • Media, Communication & Health

Session A: K-2nd Grade Themes

Food & Transportation:  In the Food & Transportation Theme, students will examine issues with food, issues with transportation and how these two systems are interconnected.  Students will learn about the stages of the food supply chain and how transportation impacts this system. We will examine types of transportation and impacts of transportation around the world. Finally, we will create potential innovations involving food and transportation that can improve our world.

Schools & Buildings: Buildings are everywhere! We live in them, shop in them, go to school in them, visit them, and much much more. In the Schools and Buildings theme, students will analyze current processes, procedures, and challenges occurring in today’s elementary school buildings. Students will analyze how school buildings are constructed, understand why we use them the way we do, and design learning buildings of the future.

3rd-5th Grade Themes

3rd-5th Grade (going into 4th, 5th and 6th)

Media Communication & Health:  In the Media/Communications and Health theme, students will learn how different types of media and communication can quickly impact our ever-changing world, especially as it relates to mental and physical health. From identifying personal health strategies to identifying ways to keep illness from spreading, students will reflect on their own experiences and reimagine a world where media and communication are used to keep society safe and healthy. 

Cities & Energy:  According to the US Census in 2017, urban areas (cities) make up only 3 percent of the entire land area of the country but are home to more than 80 percent of the population! With increased demand on energy resources in all its forms, cities need to become smarter and more efficient. In the Energy & Cities theme, students will learn about reducing and monitoring energy, developing alternate energy resources, and harnessing energy. Students will work collaboratively to design energy solutions of the future, planning and building a smart city to solve some of the most challenging problems facing today’s urban areas.

Payment & Registration Information

Full Tuition

  • $130 

Tuition for Students Qualifying for Free & Reduced Lunch

  • $80 

To sign up for Innovation Academy, click the button below.

Questions? Contact Us

If you have any questions about Innovation Academy, please do not contact Blue Mountain. For information check out the Innovation Center Facebook page or please email:

Innovation Center of St. Vrain Valley Schools