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Record Attendance at AFDC 2017

Over 100 SmartLab facilitators attended AFDC 2017 at The Englewood Campus (CO) last week. Educators from around the country (and as far away as El Salvador!) took time from their summer break to attend Creative Learning Systems’ annual week-long workshop.

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the launch of the first SmartLab in 1987, the theme of this year’s conference was “30 Years of Making Makers”. The keynote speaker was Ray Ramadorai, a middle school student in the first SmartLab who is now a successful aerospace engineer. His address inspired the attendees and provided a privileged glimpse into the long-term impact of their work as a SmartLab facilitator.

Attendees learned about the latest in STEM/STEAM technology and project-based, student-centered facilitation techniques. In addition to a wide range of hands-on workshops and seminars, the daily “Share Fair” once again provided an opportunity for facilitators to share student work and learn best-practice classroom and SmartLab management strategies from their peers.

Thanks to all who attended, our dedicated conference staff, and to Englewood School District for hosting this years’ conference.

Over one-hundred SmartLab Facilitators attended AFDC 2017

Over one-hundred SmartLab Facilitators attended AFDC 2017

SmartLab Facilitators show off their Zometool mega-dodecahedron project

SmartLab Facilitators show off their Zometool mega-dodecahedron project

 

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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