Sinquefield Invention Labs

mobilelab-exterior-smallWorking with the Great Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation has sponsored the creation of the Sinquefield Invention Labs.

The Labs are two collections of equipment – one mobile, the other at a permanent location – and an accompanying curriculum designed to give Scouts and students hands-on experience with “maker” technologies while encouraging creative thinking and the development of problem-solving skills, creativity and imagination in a team environment.

The Labs are equipped with Epilog laser systems, ShopBot CNC machines, Scan N Cut machine, Afinia 3D printers, sewing and embroidery machines, and more.

The Sinquefield Invention Lab has been housed temporarily since the summer of 2014 in Fisher Lodge at the Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation in Gravois Mills, MO. Construction of a new, permanent building for the Lab at the Scout Reservation is expected to be completed by the summer of 2016.

The Sinquefield Mobile Invention Lab is housed in a custom built and designed 24-foot trailer that will be available to travel to Scouting and school groups throughout the Great Rivers Council’s 33 counties in Central and Northeast Missouri.

The mobile lab was in “test mode” throughout Spring 2015, with a pilot project involving students at Versailles Middle School. The Lab at Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation was used in “test mode” by select groups of Scouts during the summer of 2014 at its temporary location, and in 2015, operations were expanded to allow access for more Scouts attending summer camp.