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University Takes Fresh Approach to STEM Education For Future Teachers

The University of Jamestown’s newly installed SmartLab is bringing STEM education into the mix of their Teacher Education Department. As a required course, future teachers become fully certified STEM lab facilitators, something they can boast on their resume after graduation. In an interview with Dr. Leann Nelson, the Teacher Education Department chair, says that none of these future teachers will “teach” in the STEM lab, they allow the students to take responsibility of their next generation learning. Nelson says, “the SmartLab is where students explore STEM and media arts through applied technology and project-based learning”. Nelson further explains how the students can develop something in a fully integrated learning environment that includes furniture, technology, curriculum and assessment to support hands on and minds on learning with up to date technology. Nelson says there is a growing need for technology education.

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How Many Things Are in a SmartLab?

Have you ever wondered how many things you need in an engaging, project-based STEM/STEAM program? Take a moment to think about it; the number may surprise you.

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Jenks School District SmartLabs

With new SmartLabs in their Freshman Academy and Middle School, Jenks School District is one of our newest educational partners and our first SmartLabs in Oklahoma. We had the privilege of working with the new Jenks facilitators at our summer facilitator conference and have no doubt that the Jenks SmartLabs are going to raise the bar for STEM programs in the region. Here's the announcement about the new SmartLabs on their District website:http://www.jenksps.org/vnews/display.v/ART/55b0dcf2559a0

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Orange Scholar's Academy Video

Thanks to Orange Scholars Academy (NJ) Facilitator Regina Nadbielny for creating and sharing this video about her SmartLab!

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SmartLab Changing Lives in Hernando Missisippi

With all the impressive achievements by SmartLab learners, it's easy to mistake it as a program intended only for gifted and talented students. In fact, the personalized learning in the SmartLab empowers and motivates all students; learners choose an appropriate level of challenge, adapt projects to their interests and learning styles, and take their learning as far as they are able.

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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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Sphero Goes to School

When the company behind Sphero, a programmable robotic ball, wanted to learn more about how their product could be used in schools, they looked to Creative Learning Systems and our SmartLab school partners. 

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Northshore School District 112 Receives National Reference Site Awards

We were honored to present National Reference Site Awards to Northshore School District 112 in Illinois this week! Congratulations to STEM and Communication Media Arts SmartLabs at Edgewood Middle School, Elm Place Middle School and Northwood Middle School!

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Nevada Governor Sandoval Visits Churchill SmartLab

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval visited the STEM SmartLab at Churchill County Middle School in Fallon, NV. “I like to see the kids and how innovative they are,” Sandoval said. “I applaud the school district in getting ahead with the technology.”  Read more about the Governor's visit here: http://www.nevadaappeal.com/news/lahontanvalley/15784372-113/governor-visits-middle-schools-stem-labs

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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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