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Higher Ground SmartLab Combines Arts with STEM

We have long been advocates for integrating arts into STEM. Many of our partner schools even use the acronym STEAM to describe their SmartLab programs.

Digital media arts offers an engaging vehicle to explore the “T” in STEM, builds advanced communication skills and integrates well with core academic subjects. Moreover, art can connect learners who do not naturally gravitate to science and math to the field of STEM.

The emphasis on STEAM at the SmartLab program at Higher Ground Academy in St. Paul, Minn. plays a key role in the school’s overall academic strategy. Click here to read about how the SmartLab is motivating learners and helping Higher Ground close the achievement gap.

Higher Ground SmartLab Combines Arts with STEM

Matt Dickstein

Matthew Dickstein, CEO of Creative Learning Systems, has been a successful entrepreneur in the field of education for over 25 years. Prior to joining CLS in 2004, he played key management roles in building National Technological University, a pioneer in the field of higher education distance learning, and ELS Language Centers, the largest teacher of intensive English language programs in the U.S. Matthew received a B.S. in business from the University of Colorado and holds an M.B.A from Harvard Business School.

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