What’s a SmartLab® Program?
It’s an engaging program where students explore STEM and media arts through applied technology and project-based learning.
It’s a fully-integrated learning environment where everything from the furniture and technology to curriculum and assessment work together to support hands-on, minds-on learning. It’s a place where personalized learning and intrinsic motivation engage students of all ages, interests and abilities.
There are SmartLab® programs for elementary, middle and high schools. There are SmartLab® programs that emphasize STEM, media arts or a blend of both. And in every one, students are creating remarkable projects that motivate them to inquire, explain, tackle new problems and celebrate their solutions.
In a SmartLab®, learners apply a wide-range of technologies to projects that matter to them personally and academically. Authentic assessment and meaningful reflection happen every day as students create ePortfolios to document and present their learning.
Students explore. They problem-solve. They collaborate and create. And they learn.
It’s what happens when we put educational technology where it belongs…in the hands of students.
How Can a SmartLab® Program Help Your School?
Imagine a program that engages all of your students in STEM and media arts. Imagine a place where students problem-solve, collaborate, communicate and build other skills necessary for college and career success. Imagine a classroom where learning is truly personalized and students are intrinsically motivated to achieve more than they ever thought possible.
SmartLab® programs can help you fulfill that academic mission.
Engaging STEM for ALL Learners
We live in a world where science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) play a critical role in every job, every home, and every aspect of advanced learning. The integration of STEM disciplines is critical for all students, not just those who are naturally proficient in math and science.
Successful STEM programs engage a broad range of student interests and abilities. Learning must be truly personalized; it must be individualized, differentiated and relevant to the interests and experiences of each and every student.
This happens every day in a SmartLab®.
The Challenge Doesn’t End There
Success in the modern workplace also requires that students master next generation skills including:
- Critical thinking
- Problem solving
- Information literacy
Balancing traditional academics with the need to development these skills is one of the most important challenges facing educators today.
SmartLab® Programs Answer the Challenge
SmartLab® programs engage learners like nowhere else in school.
Walk into a SmartLab® and you’ll see students buzzing with energy and enthusiasm. It’s a learning community where the teacher is a Facilitator and students take responsibility for their learning. Autonomy is encouraged. Collaboration is the norm. Challenges are celebrated as a path to mastery. It’s everything learning should be.
SmartLab® programs engage learners as they apply technology to projects of their own design. As they work on their projects, they build academic connections and develop next generation skills. Whether students are exploring robotics, coding, websites, video broadcasts, circuitry, or structures, they’re developing critical-thinking skills. They’re solving problems. They’re collaborating. They’re learning valuable project and time management skills. And they’re reflecting, communicating, and presenting not only their projects…but their learning. They’re building skills, knowledge and interest critical for college and career success.
Every SmartLab® program is a unique combination of curriculum and assessment, hardware and software, furniture, equipment, construction kits, professional development, and ongoing support. It’s a fully-integrated, complete solution, so schools and districts can focus on their students rather than designing and procuring content, equipment and supplies.