Churchill County Schools Named National Reference Sites

Congratulations to Churchill County Middle School and Churchill County High School in Fallon Nevada for being named SmartLab National Reference Sites! Regional Sales Manager Jeanne Timmons recently had the honor of presenting award plaques at each school. Shown here with Jeanne are Steve Heck, Sue Chambers, Lynn Strasdin and Chip Rutledge. We are very proud of our continued partnership with this outstanding and innovative school district.

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The SmartLab Experience on Video

We are so proud to release our new video "SmartLab: Learning's different here..."

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What Makes a Great STEM Program?

Most school organizations recognize the growing importance of STEM in preparing learners for post-secondary and career success. There's a wide disparity of views, however, on what consititutes effective STEM programs. This article by Mark Elgart in the Huffington Post provides a great perspective.

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A Step in the Right Direction

For most of my first decade at Creative Learning Systems, it often felt like we were a lone voice in the No Child Left Behind wilderness. Schools were under enormous pressure to meet federally-mandated testing guidelines. Despite the best of intentions, educators often had little bandwidth for programs like the SmartLab. We all knew better, but the unfortunate reality was that authentic learning had, by necessity, become subordinate to standardized test performance.

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Sphero Goes to School

When the company behind Sphero, a programmable robotic ball, wanted to learn more about how their product could be used in schools, they looked to Creative Learning Systems and our SmartLab school partners. 

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Northshore School District 112 Receives National Reference Site Awards

We were honored to present National Reference Site Awards to Northshore School District 112 in Illinois this week! Congratulations to STEM and Communication Media Arts SmartLabs at Edgewood Middle School, Elm Place Middle School and Northwood Middle School!

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