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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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Soft Skill Development is Essential: Students Aren't Ready for the Workforce

Teacher, Trevor Muir, wrote a blog on a thought-provoking topic; soft-skills are not necessarily “soft”, they should be called “essential skills”. To support that, 5 of the main reasons millennials get fired is due to lacking these essential skills. 

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University Takes Fresh Approach to STEM Education For Future Teachers

The University of Jamestown’s newly installed SmartLab is bringing STEM education into the mix of their Teacher Education Department. As a required course, future teachers become fully certified STEM lab facilitators, something they can boast on their resume after graduation. In an interview with Dr. Leann Nelson, the Teacher Education Department chair, says that none of these future teachers will “teach” in the STEM lab, they allow the students to take responsibility of their next generation learning. Nelson says, “the SmartLab is where students explore STEM and media arts through applied technology and project-based learning”. Nelson further explains how the students can develop something in a fully integrated learning environment that includes furniture, technology, curriculum and assessment to support hands on and minds on learning with up to date technology. Nelson says there is a growing need for technology education.

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South Dakota Middle School Learns Next Generation Skills with STEM Activities

“Twenty-five years ago, computer class consisted of not much more than typing practice and playing Oregon Trail. Today, students are programming robots, making movies, building cars, composing ringtones and a lot more in SmartLab.” 

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Students in Rural Texas Exploring STEM Career Pathways with new SmartLab from QEP Resources

Grady Independent School District (ISD) is in the rural community of Lenore Texas, about 30 miles from Midland. Thanks to a generous grant from oil and gas exploration company QEP Resources, Grady ISD students can now explore exciting career pathways in STEM.

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California's Got an Elementary STEAM Lab in the News!

The STEAM SmartLab at Discovery School of the Arts (Victorville, CA) is off to a great start! The program was launched this semester and Discovery elementary students are exploring at a wide range of technologies including animation, mechanics and structures, robotics, programming, video production and more.
 
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STEAM Education Charges Ahead in Chicago Middle School SmartLab

"We knew our students would love it and we had to get our hands on it," said Simmons Principal Tracy Flood regarding her school's new STEAM SmartLab.

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New York City Chancellor Farina attends STEAM SmartLab Opening Ceremony!

PS 201Q, the Discovery School for Inquiry and Research, was in the news with the official ribbon cutting of their new STEAM SmartLab. The SmartLab, along with a Student Broadcast Studio from Creative Learning Systems was funded through a $400,000 allocation by city councilman Rory Lancman along with money from the Magnet Schools Assistance Program.

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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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Immanuel Lutheran on Local Memphis Live

Immanuel Lutheran School (TN) continues to do a fantastic job building public interest in their new SmartLab (launching this fall). 

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