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How Many Things Are in a SmartLab?

Have you ever wondered how many things you need in an engaging, project-based STEM/STEAM program? Take a moment to think about it; the number may surprise you.

At Creative Learning Systems, our mission is to engage every learner, every day. We’re experts at sourcing, evaluating and integrating the best learning resources in the world into engaging, comprehensive STEM/STEAM programs. We’ve been doing it for 30 years.

Every “thing” in the SmartLab has been thoroughly tested for ease-of-use, safety and reliability. We compare and rank alternatives and select only those resources that provide schools with the best value. We consider how each element supports personalization and scaffolding of learning. We design customized, fully-integrated classroom systems that foster collaborative, next-generation learning experiences.

And we don’t stop there.

We provide schools with so much more than just off-the-shelf resources. We understand the unique demands of classroom use and take time to evaluate how each resource will actually be used in an integrated STEM/STEAM program. So every “thing” is organized into turnkey collections of resources that include accessories, supplies, storage solutions and more. These collections feature everything needed to support personalized, project-based learning.

And every collection is backed with curriculum, professional development and world-class support. We take the hassle and guesswork out of program design and purchasing, so teachers and administrators can focus on what they do best.

It’s a big task. And a lot of things. In fact, an average SmartLab has about 1600 of them.

“Most Districts don’t have the skillset to build this from the ground up without a partner like Creative Learning Systems.” – Brian Ewert, Colorado Superintendent of the Year

How Many Things Are in a SmartLab

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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