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North Dakota Partnership Brings STEM Education to Rural Schools

The North Dakota Center for Distance Education (NDCDE) is partnering with Creative Learning Systems(CLS) to bring STEM centers and STEAM programs into rural schools. Over the last two years CLS and NDCDE have worked together to launch twelve programs in rural North Dakota schools. Plans for similar STEM programs in other ND schools are currently in development. These programs bring next-generation STEM education to students. As a result, students all over North Dakota have the opportunity to explore leading-edge technologies while building critical 21st century skills.

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Bank Sponsors Huge STEM Lab and Broadcast Studio in Indiana Middle School

“We’re trying to teach kids to think creatively and problem solve, as well as using 21st century skills”  

Bill Welling, Chief Academic Officer – School City of Mishawaka

To support Bill Welling's goals, a regional bank, Teacher’s Credit Union (TCU), has agreed to pay $30,000 per year for exclusive naming rights to the new SmartLab at John Young Middle School in Mishawaka Indiana. The TCU Innovation Lab at John Young Middle School officially opened with the start of school on August 14th.

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SmartLab Students Recognized by State Legislature for STEM Projects

Students from James Hart Middle School in Homewood District 153, were celebrated in the Illinois state capitol last week!

Students Aaron Latman, Jessica Lyseng and Ellie Wojcikowski, along with SmartLab Facilitator Cheri Pesina, were invited to present STEM projects at the Tech 2018 Illinois program. 

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How to Prepare Today’s Elementary Students For Tomorrow's STEM Careers

What do data scientists, social media managers, and sustainability managers all have in common?

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Best Practices in Project-Based Learning for STEM Education

Does project-based learning play a role in your school or district educational mission? It should, because project-based learning is a highly effective approach to connect academic content with critical workplace skills like collaboration, communication and problem-solving. But what is considered project-based learning? Here’s a paragraph from a thoughtful article I recently read that examines that question:

“Broadly speaking, project-based learning is simply a method of structuring curriculum around projects. These projects highlight the process of learning itself by offering authentic, inquiry-based activities for learners to access content, share ideas, and revisit their own thinking.”

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New SmartLab is Key to 21st Century Learning in Parochial Middle School

St. Athanasius is a private pre-K through 8th grade parochial school in Evan ston Illinois. Like many parochial schools across the country, they recognized the need for an expanded, modernized STEM education  program for their students. 
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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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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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White House Directs $200 Million to Fund STEM Education for Women and Minorities

Great news from the White House and Department of Education! We'll be keeping our ear to the ground for details on this new STEM education grant program for women and minorities. We'll also directly contact our school partners as more information is released. Here's the announcement.  

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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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