about us

We inspire and engage students and teachers.


SmartLab Learning is developed by Creative Learning Systems.

Since 1987, Creative Learning Systems has pioneered converting traditional learning environments to project-based learning experiences. Today, CLS partners with the most innovative school leaders nationwide to implement learning solutions that increase a student’s capacity through engaged, active, and social problem-solving.

Our mission is to ensure that today’s students will be tomorrow’s leaders, prepared and ready to solve the complex challenges in our ever-changing world. 

Each SmartLab Learning Solution includes:

Student Learning Process

The SmartLab Learning Process empowers learners to make decisions and solve complex problems.

Engaging Learning Environments

Intentionally designed learning environments and experiences keep students engaged with hands-on, minds-on learning.

Standards-aligned Curriculum

Our standards-aligned supplemental curriculum is stored in the SmartLab LearningHub where educators can assess their students’ learning.

Ongoing Professional Development

Robust ongoing professional development ensures that educators are successful throughout the life of the program.

Creative Learning Systems Guiding Principles

Through our unique student-led, project-based approach, we keep students engaged and empowered throughout their learning journey. Every SmartLab Learning Solution is guided by these principles.


Keeping learners engaged in active learning is at the heart of every solution we develop.


Our goal is to empower learners so they have the confidence to meet difficult challenges today and tomorrow.


By providing learners with authentic experiences, we’re preparing them to face real-world challenges.


We support personalized learning plans so students can achieve their academic goals.


We intentionally design spaces and experiences to be collaborative so learners gain communication and critical thinking skills.

Meet Our Team

When you partner with Creative Learning Systems, you’re supported by educators and professionals who want you to succeed. Our mission-driven team is committed to you, to your learners, and to creating solutions where learning is different and highly impactful.


Research Based

Learners create meaning as they experience the world.

Rooted in constructivism, we create experiences where learners follow their innate curiosity to solve real-world problems that are relevant to them. By leveraging their curiosity, learners make deeper connections to core math and science concepts.

STEM learning delivers real results


Gain in student achievement

Gain in student achievement seen through a project-based approach to learning
Lucas Education Research


STEM job growth

The percentage of STEM job growth in the U.S. since 1990
Pew Research Center


Rate of improvement

Rate of improvement on science assessment as a result of project-based learning
University of Michigan & Michigan State University

Better together.

Creative Learning Systems is honored to partner with these innovative schools and districts.

Ready to start planning your own SmartLab?

We’re excited to hear from you. Let’s change the way your students engage with math and science—in and outside the classroom.