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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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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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SmartLabs for Workforce Retraining

Today's employers expect a workforce that can think critically and creatively, solve problems, collaborate, and communicate. The days of segregating the workforce between "those who can think" and "those who can use their hands" are long gone. Read how Northwest Mississippi Community College is using a SmartLab as a key element in their workforce retraining program.

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The Importance of STEM Education

This video from University of Cincinnati provides a terrific overview of the importance of STEM as well as a framework for best practices. Worth watching!

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Preparing Students for The Future Job Market

How do you prepare today's student's for jobs that haven't yet been invented? That's one of the biggest challenges facing educators - and a core focus of the SmartLab STEM program. 

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Englewood High School SmartLab Students Win IEEE Photovoltaic Competition

Congratulations to Englewood High School SmartLab Students Davida Martinez and Josh Yohe! 

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Slater Middle School SmartLab Website Revisited

Two years ago, we featured the Slater Middle School (Pawtucket School District) website in this blog entry.

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Slavens K-8 SmartLab Facilitator Selected Siemens Fellow

Congratulations to Slavens K-8 Facilitator Courtney Miller!  Courtney has been selected 2014 Siemens STEM Institute Fellow by the Siemens STEM Academy.  Courtney will be representing Colorado as one of only 50 Fellows selected nationwide to participate in this prestigious summer program.  Slavens K-8 is in Denver, Colorado and is part of Denver Public Schools.  The Slavens SmartLab serves students in grades 3-8. 

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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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