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Haskell STEM Academy SmartLab in the news!

Just read this wonderful article in the Orange County Register about Haskell STEM Academy's new SmartLab. The article speaks to the necessity of a clear vision in approaching STEM initiatives and the importance of dedicated and creative school leadership in pursuing that vision. Plus I'm always a sucker for any article that captures the excitement of students when they're introduced to the SmartLab.

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The News from Clovis

We enjoyed reading this recent column in the Clovis News Journal. Like most adults who visit a SmartLab, the writer was dazzled by the energy and initiative shown by students in the SmartLab. It can be even more impressive to find such an advanced learning environment in small communities like Clovis, New Mexico. We appreciate the commitment of Clovis Municipal School District to provide such rich learning experiences for their students and applaud the Clovis News Journal for giving their community this glimpse into the SmartLab experience.

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A Peek Inside the Edgewood CMA SmartLab

Elaine Jaurez, Facilitator at Edgewood Middle School in Highland Park, IL, created this video to give parents and students an overview of their Communication Media Arts SmartLab.  GREAT job Elaine!!

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STEM: The Real Deal

As a STEM program provider, we spend much of our professional lives discussing the question "What is STEM?"  While many schools have STEM initiatives, the focus of these efforts can be wildly diverse.  Our partnerships with schools always begin with candid discussions about the definition of STEM, characteristics of a successful STEM program and its role in the context of broader educational goals.

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Student Work Showcase from the Slater JHS STEM SmartLab!

A little over a year ago, I blogged about the Slater Jr. High School (Pawtucket, RI) SmartLab website.  Slater's Facilitator, John Martinelli, has now expanded the Weebly website with great examples of his student's work.  Check out all the engaging and diverse projects being explored by his learners! Read More

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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Slater Middle School SmartLab Website

A core value at Creative Learning Systems is that SmartLabs are most powerful when they evolve to meet the needs of each school community.  We design SmartLabs to be flexible learning platforms and encourage Facilitators to adapt and build upon the learning resources we provide.  SmartLab Facilitators are constantly innovating new and creative ways to drive better learning, and we do our best to share the best of these innovations with our family of school partners. 

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