The Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township on the far west side of Indianapolis is celebrating the opening of a new high-tech learning facility. Located inside Ben Davis High School, the Verizon Innovative Learning Lab, will support students in the 7th through 12th grades in Wayne Township.

The lab provides hands-on and experiential learning experiences and includes virtual reality equipment, 3D printers, robotics and artificial intelligence.

The school district is the first in Indiana to participate in the Verizon Innovative Learning initiative, the company’s educational initiative.

“This transformative program will help address a significant learning barrier for so many unserved and underserved students by providing access to the technology and resources they need to thrive in a digital world,” said Tupac Hunter, director of state & local government affairs at Verizon.

In addition to the lab, the program also receives 875 hotspots, including a two-year data plan, to help ensure students in the district have reliable home internet access.

“We know that our students will be able to access their coursework and connect with teachers wherever they are,” said MSD Wayne Township Superintendent Jeff Butts. “This ability removes a significant barrier for many of our students and allows our educators to more effectively engage them in the curriculum and instruction.”

The school system says the program also provides IT implementation support.