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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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Young Learners Thriving at Rawlins Elementary School SmartLab

Elementary programs are a fast growing segment of our family of SmartLab partners. We're constantly amazed by these younger learners and their ability to use applied technology. We've seen numerous projects that would have been impressive coming from high school learners just a few years ago.

The new SmartLab at Rawlins Elementary School (Wyoming) was recently featured in this article in the Rawlins Daily Times. 

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