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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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Englewood Schools Offers STEM SmartLabs for All Learners

Englewood Schools has become the first district in Colorado to offer fully-integrated K-12 SmartLab STEM programs to all students district-wide. 
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China Educator Delegation Visits SmartLabs

We were honored last week to host a delegation of educators from Guangzhou City, China. This delegation of teachers, principals and superintendents, affiliated with Beijing Normal University, visited Colorado SmartLabs to learn about innovative approaches to STEM education in the U.S.

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SmartLab: A Superintendent's Perspective

Colorado Superintendent of the Year, Brian Ewert, talks about Creative Learning Systems and how SmartLabs have helped Englewood Schools.

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District 11 SmartLab in the News

Colorado Springs District 11 was the focus of a recent Fox News report on STEM education. Much of the news feature was filmed in the Martinez Elementary SmartLab. We are proud to be District 11's partner in their innovative approach to STEM education.

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Rocky Heights Middle School's John Veit Administrator of the Year

Congratulations to John Veit, Assistant Principal at Rocky Heights Middle School in Highlands Ranch Colorado. John was recently named Administrator of the Year by the Colorado High School Press Association. Rocky Heights has been a valued partner for many years and deserves all the high recognition its staff and students regularly receive.

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Reblog from Kipling Elementary School

Anthony McConnell, Principal of Kipling Elementary School in Deerfield, IL blogs about his visit to Colorado SmartLabs:

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Englewood's Innovative STEM Program

Our partnership with Englewood School District continues to expand and evolve.  We have long been proud of our work with the District and our partnership role in their innovative STEM initiatives.  Englewood has become a national model for next-generation STEM initiatives and was featured in Scholastic Administrator magazine's Back to School 2014 issue. Click the link below to read STEM From Scratch and learn more about the Englewood STEM program. It's an informative article about STEM innovation in K12 education.  For obvious reasons, however, I do feel compelled to point out that the author misunderstood the cost of the SmartLab programs.  We are, of course, happy to provide more accurate information to schools interested in following Englewood's innovative model!  

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Overheard in a SmartLab...

"If people tell me public school is lame, I ask them, Does your school have a SmartLab?"

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Englewood High School SmartLab Featured on Digital Learning Day

Digital Learning Day is a nationwide celebration of innovative learning strategies hosted by the Alliance for Excellence in Education. The Englewood High School SmartLab was featured in this year's Digital Learning Day broadcast along with special guest, Colorado Senator Michael Bennett.

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