Named after Fred’s favorite number (which for him symbolized the number of letters in “I love you”), Incubator 143 is an undergraduate and graduate research and development lab. Students in the Incubator 143 Lab work alongside Institute staff to support initiatives and create new resources, all through deep research in the Fred Rogers Archive. Projects coming out of the Lab have included: conducting a marketing survey for the community food bank on childhood hunger, visits to elementary classrooms to introduce children to musical instruments, developing posters about Fred Rogers’ messages in the digital age, and creating child wellness resources.
Participation in the Lab is open to all students of Saint Vincent College. Students come from a diverse range of academic disciplines, including psychology, education, communication, music, criminology and law, design, history, and theology, to engage in research and service work both in the lab and in communities.