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SmartLab Recognized as Innovative STEM Program at Republican National Convention

SmartLabs were recognized at this year's Republican National Convention as an innovative, student-focused STEM program. Former SmartLab Facilitator Sean Duffy was a guest speaker during Jeb Bush's address to the RNC convention last night. While Sean is now teaching at a Texas high school, he served as the Facilitator for the SmartLab at Englewood High School, Colorado last year where Creative Learning Systems partnered with his school to implement the STEM program to which he refers. 

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New Partner Spotlight: North Shore School District

Among our many new school partners launching SmartLab programs this fall is North Shore School District 112 in Highland Park, Illinois.

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Congratulations Javaris Powell – ASME’s Discover “E” Educator Award Winner!

We are thrilled to learn that Javaris Powell, SmartLab Facilitator at Friendship Blow Pierce Junior Academy in Washington D.C., was named a Discover “E” Award Winner by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Below is the video of Javaris and his students produced by ASME in connection with the award.

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Announcing the Standards Tracker interactive standards alignment tool!

Our school partners know that Facilitator Support Specialist, Kim Butler, never stops thinking about new ways to help SmartLab Facilitators.  What they may not know is that Kim is also a database blackbelt. 

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Creativity and Problem-Solving in the Workplace

We know that creativity, adaptability and problem-solving are critical skillsets in today's workplace.  At Lego, it's not just a desired skillset, it's a job description.  How can we prepare learners for a job like "Lego Masterbuilder"?  Perhaps even more critically, do we discourage the development of competencies necessary to succeed in a job like this?  Something to think about as you watch this video.

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Slater Middle School SmartLab Website

A core value at Creative Learning Systems is that SmartLabs are most powerful when they evolve to meet the needs of each school community.  We design SmartLabs to be flexible learning platforms and encourage Facilitators to adapt and build upon the learning resources we provide.  SmartLab Facilitators are constantly innovating new and creative ways to drive better learning, and we do our best to share the best of these innovations with our family of school partners. 

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Englewood High School SmartLab Featured on Digital Learning Day

Digital Learning Day is a nationwide celebration of innovative learning strategies hosted by the Alliance for Excellence in Education. The Englewood High School SmartLab was featured in this year's Digital Learning Day broadcast along with special guest, Colorado Senator Michael Bennett.

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Ronan Robotics Shines On!

In May, I posted this announcement about the Ronan (Montana) High School SmartLab robotics team winning the world championships.

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Money Well Spent

A few months back, I blogged about news coverage on the new SmartLab at Englewood High School in Colorado.  Englewood was recently in the news again as the only school district in Colorado to successfully pass bond and mill levy initiatives in the November elections.

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How Cool is This!

Fox News 29 in San Antonio spent a day in the new Davis Middle School SmartLab and filed this video report. The SmartLab at Davis is the first of a District-wide implementation in all San Antonio School District middle schools.

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