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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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Oklahoma High School Students Shining in Innovative STEM Program

Inola High School, in Oklahoma, is one of the many area schools with a SmartLab sponsored by MidAmerica Industrial Park (MAIP). They recently made a great video showcasing the students' experiences in their STEM program. Students in the video say they they've gained more problem solving skills, self-discipline, trial and error experience, and are able to shine more in the STEM environment than in the traditional classroom. But don't take our word for it, watch their video below. 
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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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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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