CA's REDI Lab Summer Academy is a program for youth in Denver who are interested in building community, following a passion, and creating value through sharing ideas.

The Summer Academy is a two-week entrepreneurial camp and idea incubator for current high school students in the Denver area. 
REDI—Research, Entrepreneurship, Design, and Inquiry—uses design thinking and a proprietary process to offer up to 14 students per session the opportunity to grow as problem solvers who are then better prepared for college, careers, and life.

REDI Lab is an authentic and hands-on learning experience in any discipline you choose because you get to chose the project on which you will work. You get to enjoy the freedom to explore and learn at your own pace and to find new passions, explore new ideas, and execute a project.

REDI Lab transforms education into a personalized learning journey that is creative, rigorous, and relevant while building community, following passions and interests, and creating value through sharing their ideas.

Students will leave the two-week academy with:
  • new skills and confidence
  • a unique and personalized letter of recommendation for post-high school needs
  • a professionally produced video of their final presentation
  • access to a community and network of supporters to help in
    future endeavors
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REDI Lab Summer Academy is made possible through the generosity of Aimee and Jonathan Coleman.

Learn more about REDI Lab Summer Academy

Now accepting applications for the 2022 REDI Lab Summer Academy. Please read below for more details on our exciting pilot program for Denver high school Juniors and Seniors.

List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • WHY should I participate in REDI Lab Summer Academy?

    The REDI Lab @ CA transforms education into a personalized learning journey that is creative, rigorous, and relevant. 

    We believe that all people are curious, especially youth, and, when given a process and structure to explore their interests and what motivates them, individual learning excels.

    After two school years where learning has been disrupted due to the COVID pandemic, students deserve the opportunity to dive deep into a project of their choosing and reignite that curiosity.
  • WHERE is REDI Lab Summer Academy?

    Students will be based on CA's Campus in southwest Denver. Their “classroom” will be the world. 

    Schedules are flexible, transportation is included in the cost, and students can join remotely if needed.
     
  • WHEN is REDI Lab Summer Academy?

    The REDI Lab Summer Academy is a two-week program. The first sessions runs Tuesday, June 28 through Friday, July 8; second sessions runs July 18-29. Hours are 8 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be served daily.
  • What is the COST for the program?

    The cost of the two-week program is $1,500 ($2,000 if you need/want an iPad). For students who request it and qualify, the REDI Lab Summer Academy is offered at a reduced cost or for free.
  • Will there be TRANSPORTATION provided?

    Travel to and from CA's campus will be provided through CA's Summer Camp transportation services. On-campus parking is also available. Transportation will be coordinated with REDI Lab Director Tom Thorpe. Email Tom at tom.thorpe@coloradoacademy.org with questions.
  • WHO can apply for REDI Lab Summer Academy?

    The program is offered to students currently in grades 10 and 11 from ANY SCHOOL in the Denver Metro Area. Each session has maximum of 14 students participating. 

    Participants will be chosen from an applicant pool. The REDI Lab faculty will read the applications, interview applicants and recommenders, and carefully choose the participants for this pilot program. 
  • HOW do I apply?

    Thank you for your interest in applying for the REDI Lab Summer Academy. Applications should be submitted online.

    To apply, please complete the REDI Lab @ CA Summer Academy Application Form. Once submitted, a form will be emailed to a teacher, coach, advisor, or school counselor who will proved a referral. An email will also be sent to the primary parent or guardian. Remember:
    • Complete all required information.
    • Once you hit 'submit' an email will be sent to a parent/guardian and a teacher to complete a recommendation.
    The REDI Lab faculty will read the applications, interview applicants and recommenders, and carefully choose the participants for this pilot program. 

    Registration is now open and will remain open until June 10, 2022.

  • What is the application DEADLINE?

    Registration is now open and will remain open until Friday, June 10, 2022.
  • How will students SHARE their work?

    Students will think big and bold as they identify the questions they want to research on their way to choosing a project and designing a final presentation of the one idea worth sharing. Final presentations for Session #1 will be held on Monday, July 11, 2022 and Friday, July 29, 2022, either at the Leach Center on CA's Campus or in the Rick's Auditorium at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
  • Whom do I CONTACT with questions?

    For more information, please contact Tom Thorpe, Director of the REDI Lab @ CA.

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REDI Lab Faculty

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  • Tom Thorpe

    Director of REDI Lab
    303-986-1501 x2722
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  • Martha Smith

    Upper School Science
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  • Amanda Zranchev

    Upper School Science
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