Thanks to generous donations from College Football Playoff Foundation's Extra Yards for Teachers platform in partnership with the Atlanta Football Host Committee, Atlanta Public Schools will soon have its first SmartLab program.
Forty excited second grade students and their teachers from Scott Elementary School, where the new SmartLab will be installed, were on hand at the College Football Playoff news conference where the donation was announced.
"When we bid on this game, we said it would be about more than a football game,” said Dan Corso, President, Atlanta Sports Council and Atlanta Football Host Committee Board of Directors. “Bringing Atlanta its first Creative Learning Systems SmartLab is a great start to proving that point. Between now and kickoff we want to use the high profile of the national championship game to make a lasting impact on this community, particularly through our partnership with the Atlanta Public Schools. We felt we took a step in that direction today.”
The Atlanta Host Committee news release explained that "the facility will allow Scott Elementary educators to lead their classrooms in the exploration of a wide range of applied technologies, including robotics, software engineering, mechanics and structures, computer graphics, digital media arts and more".
Creative Learning Systems is proud to partner with Atlanta Public Schools and is grateful for the support of the College Football Playoff Foundation and the Atlanta Football Host Committee in helping to prepare today's learners for a bright future.
Learn more about the announcement of this generous donation here.
Memphis Tennessee's Immanuel Lutheran School Principal Todd Baringer and Teacher Jason Yates discuss their upcoming SmartLab program on local ABC affiliate show "Local Memphis Live".
Colorado SmartLabs recently hosted a delegation of school administrators from Guangzhou Province, China. The purpose of the delegation's visit was to learn about American innovations in STEM education and how similar methods might be applied in Chinese schools.
The group visited SmartLabs at Englewood Middle and High School in Englewood School District and Samuels and Beach Court Elementary in Denver Public Schools. In addition to visiting with students, teachers and administrators at each school, Tom Boasberg, Superintendent of Denver Public Schools, also met with the group and surprised them with his fluent command of both Mandarin and Cantonese.
The tour was organized by Hong Qi Wagner from Zonekey Education Technology. Zonekey and Creative Learning Systems entered into a joint venture agreement last year to bring SmartLabs to China. Ms. Wagner said that the group was very impressed with the Colorado SmartLab programs and several members of the China delegation were interested in exploring similar programs in their schools.