SmartLab® Curriculum

Our innovative curriculum forms the foundation of SmartLab® learning. We call them Learning Launchers™. With over 350 Learning Launchers in more than 60 content areas, students explore a wide range of projects and challenge levels. This engaging online curriculum is accessed through the LaunchPad navigation system, a user- friendly interface, customized for each SmartLab® based on its design and educational goals.

Each Learning Launcher engagement provides:

  • Engaging, hands-on, minds on, project-based activities in STEM, digital communications and related topics
  • Applied technology to reinforce academics and build next generation skills
  • Personalized learning with multiple challenge levels, open-ended activities and opportunities for students to shape and expand learning around their own interests, abilities and learning styles
  • Connections to core academic content and alignment to standards
  • Extension activities for advanced learners to explore topics in even greater depth

Systems of Technology

  • Alternative and Renewable Energy
  • Circuitry
  • Computer Graphics
  • Digital Communications
  • Mechanics and Structures
  • Robotics and Control Technology
  • Scientific Data and Analysis
  • Software Engineering

STEM for Learners of All Abilities

Learning Launchers guide SmartLab® learning with a wide selection of hands-on, minds-on projects in STEM and applied technology. Project activities link technology concepts to core academic content in a way that’s engaging, relevant and learner-centered. SmartLabs® meet learners where they are and take them as far as they are able to go.

Here's a sample of Learning Launcher topics:


  • Online ePortfolio
  • Orientation Collection

Alternative and Renewable Energy

  • Hydrogen Fuel Cells
  • Introduction to Alternative Energy and Other Topics
  • Solar Energy
  • Wind Power


  • Arduino
  • MaKey MaKey
  • Pneumatics
  • Snap Circuits - Electricity and Electronics

Computer Graphics

  • Doodle 4 Google
  • Google Art Project
  • Illustrator
  • Photoshop
  • Photoshop Elements
  • Picasa
  • Punch Home Design Suite
  • SketchUp - 3D Modeling
  • Tinkercad

Digital Communications

  • ACID Music Studio - Sound Engineering
  • Camtasia
  • CrazyTalk
  • CrazyTalk Animator
  • Dreamweaver - Web Design
  • Frames - Stop Motion Animation
  • GarageBand
  • Google Sites
  • PowerPoint
  • Publisher
  • STEM Career Exploration
  • Storyboarding
  • Video Production

Mechanics and Structures

  • Contraption Maker
  • fischertechnik Mechanic + Static
  • IQ Key
  • K’nex
  • West Point Bridge Designer
  • Zometool

Online Interactive Resources

  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Earth Science
  • Engineering and Math
  • Physics

Robotics and Control Technology

  • fishertechnik Robo Pro
  • Lego Mindstorms Robotics
  • Sphero
  • VEX Robotics Design System

Scientific Data and Analysis

  • ArcGIS Online
  • Astronomy with MicroObservatory
  • Extreme Weather and Monster Storms
  • GIS Websites
  • Google Earth
  • Lasers
  • Vernier Scientific Sensors
  • Vernier Structures Tester

Software Engineering

  • App Inventor
  • Digital Sandbox
  • Kodu Game Lab
  • Scratch - Computer Programming
  • Stencyl - Game Design
  • TouchDevelop

Liftoff and Express Challenges

  • Express Challenges
  • Liftoff Challenges
Learning Launchers Curriculum

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