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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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Authentic Assessment of STEM Learning

One of the most important advantages of personalized, project-based learning is the opportunity for authentic assessment: meaningful measurement of learning outcomes and learning process.

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Homewood School Board Approves SmartLab

This week's news included approval for a SmartLab at Hart School, Homewood District 153 (IL). The Hart School SmartLab will feature both STEM and media arts programs. 

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