The REDI Lab at CA is a one-trimester “school-within-a-school” experience for Juniors and Seniors that inspires creativity, ingenuity, and success. Armed with self-awareness and a permission mindset, REDI Lab students design highly personalized projects based on their interests and passions. Along the journey, they experience true-to-life setbacks, resets, and accomplishments that evolve and shape their outcomes. REDI Lab offers year-round programming.
For students wanting to explore the "E" in REDI Lab (entrepreneurialism), students in grades 9-12 can elect to get a taste of the mindset that is vital to do this work well!
During the Winter trimester when a student's college application process is coming to a close, Senior REDI Lab students focus on entrepreneurialism by first identifying local problems then designing solutions with global connections.
Intentionally placed in the third trimester as students are beginning to think about what comes after high school, students in the Junior REDI Lab are exposed to a design ethos and creative process for solving problems.
With more time, space, and bandwidth that comes with a summer schedule, REDI Lab offers 2, two-week sessions. REDI Lab Summer Academy sessions are open to any rising Junior or Senior from ANY SCHOOL in the Denver Metro Area. Explore the REDI Lab Summer Academy website for more information.
In all of these learning experiences, REDI Lab provides students with the space and time to explore what they’re curious about, conduct deep research, and design and test their ideas. Every participant is part of building community by focusing on student passions and ideas then create value by sharing ideas. Using principles and concepts taken from industry and the business world, students are given the support and tools to be reflective and practice skills that are necessary for success beyond Colorado Academy.
Past examples of projects are:
Exploring craftsmanship through making cowboy hats
Working to solve Riemann’s hypothesis
Designing a ride-sharing plan for private and corporate jets
Writing original short stories and novellas
Redesigning downtown buildings
Creating a design and business plan for a new CA natatorium
Making art, music, and other forms of self exploration
REDI Lab is offered at no additional cost to students who apply and are accepted, and all students stay on track for graduation. If you want to know more or get involved, please contact us!
Now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 Junior and Senior REDI Lab Cohorts. REDI Lab admissions are now processed on a rolling basis. Application deadlines are October 17, 2022 for Senior REDI Lab and January 17, 2023 for Junior REDI Lab. Notifications of acceptance to REDI Lab will be sent within four weeks of receiving the completed application.
Connecticut College - BA Fairfield University - MAT
Tom Thorpe teaches Upper School English. He came to CA in 2012 from work at both St. Anne’s Episcopal and Graland Country Day schools in Denver. Thorpe served as Technology Coordinator at St. Anne’s as well as a Global Studies leader there. Prior to that, he worked at Graland as an Eighth Grade English teacher, team leader, Humanities Department Chair, and more. Thorpe co-founded and co-organized the Colorado Global Studies Symposium with Betsey Coleman and Jon Vogels. Prior to working in Denver, he taught English and History at New Canaan Country School in Connecticut. He holds a double major BA in Social/Cultural Anthropology and Religious Studies from Connecticut College, and a Master of Arts in Teaching, with an emphasis on secondary school curriculum and instruction, from Fairfield University. He serves on the Facing History and Ourselves Board, as well as the Rocky Mountain Parents as Teachers Board. Along with being certified in outdoor education, Thorpe presents regularly at local, national, and international conferences on English Curriculum, Technology, and Global Studies. He is Director of the REDI Lab program for Juniors and Seniors.
Colorado College - BS University of Colorado - MEd
Martha Smith has been an Upper School Science teacher at CA since 2010. Smith teaches Freshman Biology and Chemistry and is an Upper School advisor. Before coming to work full time, Smith was twice a long-term substitute at CA, teaching courses in Chemistry, Biology, and AP Chemistry. She is a Denver native who received her bachelor's in chemistry from Colorado College. Smith worked as an environmental chemist for three years after college before returning to graduate school. Her MEd is in Curriculum & Instruction with a specialization in Secondary Science from the University of Colorado. From there she went on to teach Chemistry and AP Chemistry for six years at Alameda High School.
Colgate University - BA University of Pennsylvania - MSEd Colorado School of Mines - MCE
Amanda Zranchev joined Colorado Academy in 2019 as a part-time REDI Lab instructor while she was completing her master's in engineering at Colorado School of Mines. Since then, she has moved full time to teaching Physics and AP Physics and has enjoyed helping students experience the joy of "math in action." Outside of the Science Department, she has continued to work with the Junior REDI Lab program, where she is continually inspired by students' creativity, problem solving, and community building. Prior to CA, Amanda taught Physics and AP Physics at Deerfield Academy and Trinity School.