Just read this wonderful article in the Orange County Register about Haskell STEM Academy's new SmartLab. The article speaks to the necessity of a clear vision in approaching STEM initiatives and the importance of dedicated and creative school leadership in pursuing that vision. Plus I'm always a sucker for any article that captures the excitement of students when they're introduced to the SmartLab.
[One minor correction to the article - the Haskell SmartLab is currently the largest in Southern California though there are larger SmartLabs in other regions]
Worth a read!