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Colorado Elementary Schools Excited to Open New STEM Center

Swanson and Thompson Elementary schools in Arvada, Colorado, opened two new STEM Centers with great excitement this month. 

The SmartLabs will provide students with the opportunity to learn the many essential skills they will need to succeed in the future workforce.

Shannon Feely, Digital Teacher Librarian, told the students in the grand opening ceremony that their STEM skills could lead to a cure for cancer, an end to cyber bullying and a new way to protect oceans from pollution, thus empowering them to do great things. Teachers are already seeing big benefits, their students are becoming risk-takers and collaborators.

Students at these JeffCo Public Schools are equally excited, with many students voicing feelings of freedom, self-expression and exploration. Little do they know, this program will become a pathway for them to attain the required skills necessary for an unknown future economy.

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Soft Skill Development is Essential: Students Aren't Ready for the Workforce

Teacher, Trevor Muir, wrote a blog on a thought-provoking topic; soft-skills are not necessarily “soft”, they should be called “essential skills”. To support that, 5 of the main reasons millennials get fired is due to lacking these essential skills. 

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How to Prepare Today’s Elementary Students For Tomorrow's STEM Careers

What do data scientists, social media managers, and sustainability managers all have in common?

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New York City Chancellor Farina attends STEAM SmartLab Opening Ceremony!

PS 201Q, the Discovery School for Inquiry and Research, was in the news with the official ribbon cutting of their new STEAM SmartLab. The SmartLab, along with a Student Broadcast Studio from Creative Learning Systems was funded through a $400,000 allocation by city councilman Rory Lancman along with money from the Magnet Schools Assistance Program.

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Career Ready Students: What Employers Really Want

Most educators are committed to helping prepare students for career success. Schools devote considerable effort to ensure that academic standards meet this need. 

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North Shore School District SmartLab Video

Last month, I had the privilege of presenting National Reference Site Awards to STEM and communication media arts SmartLabs in North Shore School District 112 in Highland Park, IL. The District produced the video below to document the event. You can read their full newsletter article here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1H5I0iiEr1QN1nnukM8QzKMNbD0skzZBY_I3V5be3030/edit 

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North Dakota Center for Distance Education Chooses SmartLabs for Blended Learning Initiative

Creative Learning Systems is partnering with the North Dakota Center for Distance Education to develop a SmartLab program to support blended learning for the state's rural communities. Dr. Alan Peterson, Director of ND CDE, is the visionary behind this this innovative initiative. Dr. Peterson recently shared his thinking behind integrating SmartLabs in the North Dakota educational mission on his blog.

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Nicholson STEM Academy Announces SmartLab Grand Opening

Chicago Public School's Nicholson STEM Academy is very excited about the grand opening of their SmartLab Innovation Lab. We are too!

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Preparing Students for The Future Job Market

How do you prepare today's student's for jobs that haven't yet been invented? That's one of the biggest challenges facing educators - and a core focus of the SmartLab STEM program. 

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