Since 2017, I have read my way through 40–45 books by setting a goal using the Reading Challenges on Goodreads. With a 45-minute commute that reading has usually taken the form of listening to audiobooks (I’ve found that more valuable to me than the radio or music). Over the past month or so, my commute has been significantly shorter as I have taken the 20 steps from my bedroom to my temporary office.
What’s a SmartLab? Director of Technology, Beth Thomas, described them as “Learning playgrounds for the students.”
St. Junipero Serra Catholic School in Rancho Margarita, California held a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new SmartLab STEAM centers at the beginning of the month. The newly built Student Creation and Leadership Center at Junipero Serra features a STEAM lab for elementary students and a STEAM lab for middle school students.
The event was attended by over 600 faculty, parents, students, and community members. Our CEO Matt Dickstein and Regional Sales Manager Corey Zilli were also in attendance. In Matt’s address he explained how the SmartLab STEAM program prepares today’s students for the jobs of the future. Speaking to the students in attendance he said:
“The question for you is not ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’, it’s who do you want to be? What problems do you want to solve and how will you plan to solve them?'”
Problem-based learning is a critical element in the STEAM lab experience, and when students learn how to learn in the SmartLab they can succeed in an uncertain future.
Learn more about the ribbon cutting ceremony and how they’re implementing STEAM at Junipero Serra here.