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Florida Needs More Proficient STEM Workers

In 2010, The Florida Chamber of Commerce announced the need to improve Florida's STEM education program. A study from WalletHub compared their STEM-related economy to all states in the country. Florida has been making strides in the right direction since 2010 but is still slipping. The  Florida foundation reported declines in the number of advanced science and engineering degrees.
 
“While the economy calls for a larger and more proficient STEM workforce, enrollment and success in those courses is declining,” 
 

Many economic sectors such as energy, healthcare, transportation and manufacturing need high quality workers for the high paying jobs of the future. "We encourage our leaders to see the dividends and to continue building on our gains."

While it is fantastic that Florida is continuing to make strides in STEM, still, they need to do more to handle the needs of the future economy. What produces STEM workers for those high paying careers listed above? STEM Education produces high quality workers for high paying careers. Needing more STEM workers is one thing, but needing more proficient STEM workers is strenuous, something not even the best teachers and schools can handle and sustain on their own.

That's where we come in. We work with you to create the best program for your needs and goals. Our all inclusive programs allow you to have the program your students deserve where students enjoy coming to class and learn next generation skills for next generation careers. Our STEM environments (called SmartLabs) are the talk of the town and create such a magical learning environment that you truly have to see to believe.

Read the full article about Florida here!
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STEM Class and Music Class Unite in This STREAM Project

Saint Joseph's Episcopal School is a Creative Learning Systems customer in Florida. They made this amazing video showing how they integrated their fifth grade STEM class with their music class. In the SmartLab, the students learned circuity, coding, and engineering and then they applied what they learned to make their own instruments work through circuitry and coding.

This is one example of the endless possibilities of fun and learning that takes place in a SmartLab when learning is integrated with other traditional classes. Pretty cool, right?

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How a California Catholic School Engages Middle School Students Through STEM Education Program

Saint Junipero Serra Catholic School made a great video showcasing their  SmartLab. Their SmartLab caters to all learners of all abilities from grades K-8 with hands-on STEM learning. The students are working with cutting-edge technologies so they will be able to learn whatever technology comes their way in their future careers. What students learn in the SmartLab is  reinforced and integrated in CORE classes. Students work together on projects to enhance their collaboration and communication skills so they can be ready for the workplace.
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From Boxes to Hands-on Learning: A Pennsylvania Elementary School STEM Center Installation Time Lapse

This is fun to watch! A four-day SmartLab installation compressed into only 45 seconds. 

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Jacket Nation News from Ferris ISD

We were blown away by this video news report created by students at Ferris Independent School District (TX) about their new SmartLab programs. Give it a watch!!!

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A Story About Drage

"What did you learn at school today?"It's a common question asked over dinner tables all over the country. Too often, the typical response is "nothin".

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Study Finds Scarce Use of Technology for Learning in U.S. Classrooms

A new study released by AdvancEd found that, despite the rapid proliferation of technology tools and digital content, examples of technology being used to enhance student learning are barely evident in American classrooms.

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James Hart SmartLab In the News

The new SmartLab at James Hart School in Homewood, IL is ready for students! Read more about it in this article from the Homewood-Flossmore Chronicle!

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St. Joe’s Catholic School Featured in Center of Excellence Magazine

Catholic School Center of Excellence magazine’s cover story this month features SmartLab partner school St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Waconia, Minnesota. The article focuses on St. Joe’s innovative C-STEM initiative where student-directed, project-based STEM education is fully-integrated with traditional Catholic values and learning. According to school principal Bruce Richards, “Our mission is to inspire all learners to become the person God intends. We do this by integrating Catholic payers, virtues and service with 21st-century learning”.

Like many of our parochial school partners, St. Joe’s views STEM as critical for Catholic schools to remain educationally vital. We implemented the SmartLab at St. Joe’s one year ago and the St. Joe’s community has responded enthusiastically; enrollment is up for the first time in 10 years and 96% of St. Joe’s parent agreed that C-STEM had enhanced their child’s education.

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Building STEM Engagement through Video

Today’s learners live in a video world. They are active consumers, producers and critics of video content. How do we leverage this fact to deepen interest and understanding in STEM?

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