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Creativity and Problem-Solving in the Workplace

We know that creativity, adaptability and problem-solving are critical skillsets in today's workplace.  At Lego, it's not just a desired skillset, it's a job description.  How can we prepare learners for a job like "Lego Masterbuilder"?  Perhaps even more critically, do we discourage the development of competencies necessary to succeed in a job like this?  Something to think about as you watch this video.

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Money Well Spent

A few months back, I blogged about news coverage on the new SmartLab at Englewood High School in Colorado.  Englewood was recently in the news again as the only school district in Colorado to successfully pass bond and mill levy initiatives in the November elections.

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U.S. Treasurer Inspires SmartLab Students

United States Treasurer Rosie Rios spent time with students in the Slater Middle School SmartLab in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.  Ms. Rios is passionate about inspiring kids, especially young girls, to pursue an interest in math and science.   While inspiring students, Ms. Rios was herself inspired by the achievements of Slater students in the SmartLab.

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How Cool is This!

Fox News 29 in San Antonio spent a day in the new Davis Middle School SmartLab and filed this video report. The SmartLab at Davis is the first of a District-wide implementation in all San Antonio School District middle schools.

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Don Hense selected for Charter School Hall of Fame

I’ve had the pleasure of writing about our friends at Friendship Public Charter Schools before.  They have been at the forefront of innovative and effective education since inception fifteen years ago.  And we are justifiably proud that SmartLabs have been a key element of the highly-successful educational model in every one of the Friendship schools.

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Student Ammon Love's STEM Education Experience in the SmartLab

As I’ve said before in this blog, it's all about the kids!

My absolute favorite thing to do is drop in on a SmartLab and ask the students, “what’ja doing?”   The learners are so enthusiastic and their project ideas are usually WAY more interesting than anything we come up with when developing the curriculum.   It's also wonderful when a student tells me the SmartLab is their favorite place in school - but I don’t expect them to think about what goes into creating a learning environment like the SmartLab.  Their job is to learn.

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A New Approach to STEM Education

There’s a broad consensus that American education needs increased emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).  Surprisingly though, there’s little clarity or consensus on the best way to address this need.   

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SmartLab - It's About the Kids

There is so much we want to talk about as we launch the Creative Learning Systems blog: learning philosophy, directions in STEM education, case studies, innovative technologies, politics, funding...  It’s a long, long list and it all matters.  But there was never any question that our first entry would be about the kids that inspire us.

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