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Churchill County Schools Named National Reference Sites

Congratulations to Churchill County Middle School and Churchill County High School in Fallon Nevada for being named SmartLab National Reference Sites! Regional Sales Manager Jeanne Timmons recently had the honor of presenting award plaques at each school. Shown here with Jeanne are Steve Heck, Sue Chambers, Lynn Strasdin and Chip Rutledge. We are very proud of our continued partnership with this outstanding and innovative school district.

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The SmartLab Experience on Video

We are so proud to release our new video "SmartLab: Learning's different here..."

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A Step in the Right Direction

For most of my first decade at Creative Learning Systems, it often felt like we were a lone voice in the No Child Left Behind wilderness. Schools were under enormous pressure to meet federally-mandated testing guidelines. Despite the best of intentions, educators often had little bandwidth for programs like the SmartLab. We all knew better, but the unfortunate reality was that authentic learning had, by necessity, become subordinate to standardized test performance.

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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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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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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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BET Honors Kwame Simmons

Congratulations to Kwame Simmons, Executive Innovation Officer for the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan! Kwame was recently recognized for his leadership in education by BET Honors program. Kwame's vision for how education can help revitalize Detroit and create opportunity for young students is inspirational. We are proud to be a trusted educational partner with EAA. It's particularly satisfying to hear Kwame speak so elequently about how our SmartLab programs help to further EAA's overall educational mission. Watch both video features, "Kwame Simmons' Educational Journey" and "Kwame Simmons Acceptance Speech". Links below!

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Bradford PA Community Leaders Introduced to Local SmartLab

Community leaders in Bradford, PA got a tour of the new SmartLab at Floyd Fretz Middle School. They watched a live student news broadcast and were introduced to the wide variety of engaging STEM activities in the SmartLab. Read more about their visit and observations in the Bradford Era: http://www.bradfordera.com/news/article_74522dbc-7c1f-11e4-b724-0b335d7e5355.html?mode=story

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STEM 2015

Here's an outstanding overview of best practices in STEM from MiddleWeb.

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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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