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Transforming School Culture Through STEM

A Colorado elementary school is undergoing a cultural revival after just a year of hands-on learning with a Creative Learning Systems SmartLab. 

“It’s incredible what you see, what you hear,” said Cherrelyn Elementary School Principal Eva Pasiewicz. “We have a different energy!”

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Career Ready Students: What Employers Really Want

Most educators are committed to helping prepare students for career success. Schools devote considerable effort to ensure that academic standards meet this need. 

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Corporate Foundations Support STEM in Texas City Schools

Students in a Texas school district are getting the benefits of hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning because of corporate sponsors who are vested in their success.

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Buffalo S.T.E.A.M Lab Ribbon Cutting

Buffalo Elementary School in Davenport Iowa shared this fantastic video about their new SmartLab. The Buffalo Elementary STEAM lab is our first SmartLab in Iowa!

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Georgia's WTVM Reports on Phenix City SmartLabs

Georgia's WTVM broadcasted this report on Phenix City (AL) innovative STEM programs awaiting students this fall. 

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A Note from Ferris ISD

With the frenetic pace of summer installation season, it's especially gratifying to take a moment to enjoy the wonderful feedback we get from our new educational partners. Chicago-tribune-simmons-smart-lab-chicago

Christi Nies, Director of Curriculum for Ferris Independent School District (TX) sent this lovely note to a member of our implementation team.

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Marathon Oil to Fund SmartLab at Texas City High School

This fall, Texas City High School will have a brand new SmartLab thanks to the generosity of Marathon Petroleum Co. and their support of local education. The Marathon SmartLab complements the Blocker Middle School SmartLab funded by Valero Energy Corporation in 2013. Together, they provide Texas City ISD students with an opportunity to explore hands-on, project-based STEM education throughout their secondary school career. Read More

St. Joe’s Catholic School Featured in Center of Excellence Magazine

Catholic School Center of Excellence magazine’s cover story this month features SmartLab partner school St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Waconia, Minnesota. The article focuses on St. Joe’s innovative C-STEM initiative where student-directed, project-based STEM education is fully-integrated with traditional Catholic values and learning. According to school principal Bruce Richards, “Our mission is to inspire all learners to become the person God intends. We do this by integrating Catholic payers, virtues and service with 21st-century learning”.

Like many of our parochial school partners, St. Joe’s views STEM as critical for Catholic schools to remain educationally vital. We implemented the SmartLab at St. Joe’s one year ago and the St. Joe’s community has responded enthusiastically; enrollment is up for the first time in 10 years and 96% of St. Joe’s parent agreed that C-STEM had enhanced their child’s education.

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Authentic Assessment of STEM Learning

One of the most important advantages of personalized, project-based learning is the opportunity for authentic assessment: meaningful measurement of learning outcomes and learning process.

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Homewood School Board Approves SmartLab

This week's news included approval for a SmartLab at Hart School, Homewood District 153 (IL). The Hart School SmartLab will feature both STEM and media arts programs. 

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