Best Practices for Robotics STEM Activities in Kindergarten

SmartLab_stem_wedo-elementary-robotics.jpgWe wholeheartedly agree with this insightful article in eSchool News: 3 Reasons to Introduce Kindergartners to Robots.

“Children need to actually touch, manipulate, and experiment with objects in order to fully understand them. Robots bring this physical interaction to the potentially intimidating process of understanding engineering and programming.” 

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New SmartLab is Key to 21st Century Learning in Parochial Middle School

St. Athanasius is a private pre-K through 8th grade parochial school in Evan ston Illinois. Like many parochial schools across the country, they recognized the need for an expanded, modernized STEM education  program for their students. 
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Students in Rural Texas Exploring STEM Career Pathways with new SmartLab from QEP Resources

Grady Independent School District (ISD) is in the rural community of Lenore Texas, about 30 miles from Midland. Thanks to a generous grant from oil and gas exploration company QEP Resources, Grady ISD students can now explore exciting career pathways in STEM.

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California's Got an Elementary STEAM Lab in the News!

The STEAM SmartLab at Discovery School of the Arts (Victorville, CA) is off to a great start! The program was launched this semester and Discovery elementary students are exploring at a wide range of technologies including animation, mechanics and structures, robotics, programming, video production and more.
 
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STEAM Education Charges Ahead in Chicago Middle School SmartLab

"We knew our students would love it and we had to get our hands on it," said Simmons Principal Tracy Flood regarding her school's new STEAM SmartLab.

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From Boxes to Hands-on Learning: A Pennsylvania Elementary School STEM Center Installation Time Lapse

This is fun to watch! A four-day SmartLab installation compressed into only 45 seconds. 

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White House Directs $200 Million to Fund STEM Education for Women and Minorities

Great news from the White House and Department of Education! We'll be keeping our ear to the ground for details on this new STEM education grant program for women and minorities. We'll also directly contact our school partners as more information is released. Here's the announcement.  

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New York City Chancellor Farina attends STEAM SmartLab Opening Ceremony!

PS 201Q, the Discovery School for Inquiry and Research, was in the news with the official ribbon cutting of their new STEAM SmartLab. The SmartLab, along with a Student Broadcast Studio from Creative Learning Systems was funded through a $400,000 allocation by city councilman Rory Lancman along with money from the Magnet Schools Assistance Program.

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More on Englewood Schools' STEM SmartLab Announcement

Earlier today, we posted news coverage of the exciting announcement that Englewood Schools has become the first district in Colorado to offer fully-articulated STEM SmartLab programs to all of its students grades K-12.

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Englewood Schools Offers STEM SmartLabs for All Learners

Englewood Schools has become the first district in Colorado to offer fully-integrated K-12 SmartLab STEM programs to all students district-wide. 
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