Runway Innovation Studio to launch learning pods for students this fall

Many students across the country, and in Des Moines, are starting the school year online.

Runway Innovation and Event Studio, located inside Southridge Center, is offering learning pods this fall for a limited number of families to allow for social distancing.

Des Moines’ Runway Innovation Studio space will provide a space for parents with children to work and a separate area where their children can follow their school’s curriculum virtually. Learning Facilitators will be onsite to help students with online learning, make sure students are keeping on track with their curriculum, and help with any technical issues.

“If you are a remote working parent, or a freelancer, or an entrepreneur—someone who wants to use our coworking space as an adult—you are welcome to bring your children who are school-aged that are also trying to learn,” said Laura Kinnard, owner of Runway Innovation and Event Studio.

Kinnard says the 31,000 square ft. space will provide more than enough space to allow for social distancing for both parents and students.

Membership rates for parents who want to bring their children in will be $400 a month. The learning pods will become available Sept. 8, the first day of classes for students in the Des Moines Public Schools District.

In addition to providing a coworking space for parents and learning pods for students, the Innovation Studio space provides several other amenities onsite for an additional cost. These include an e-Sports game club, a Virtual Reality Arena, and an on-site gym facility.

Those interested in reserving the learning pods can contact Laura Kinnard at 515-689-7792.