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Equipping Students with Tools, Resources, and Confidence

Written by Bill Laurienti

The team at St. Louis’ The Principia School recently introduced SmartLab Learning to their students, and graciously shared their perspectives with us:

By moving beyond textbooks and theory, investing in SmartLab HQ’s technology gives students a chance to succeed in an ever-changing, fast-moving environment while fostering essential skills such as communication, flexibility, creativity, and collaboration. We’re equipping students with the tools, resources, and confidence to adapt to new technologies and ideas that push the world forward.

—Travis Brantingham, Head of School

The SmartLab HQ allows students to diversify their skills, so they’re better prepared to tackle 21st-century challenges. Investing in SmartLab HQ technology has been an incredible step forward for innovation at our school.

—Dr. Peter Dry, Assistant Head of School: Strategy and Innovation

The response to the new SmartLab HQs has been incredibly positive from students and faculty alike. Allowing students to apply their knowledge has a powerful, real-world connection for our students—this is the way forward in education.

—Tommie Traylor, STEM Facilitator and Integration Specialist
Bill Laurienti

Bill Laurienti is a Content Marketing Specialist at Creative Learning Systems. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education (English) from Colorado Mesa University and a Master of Arts in Secondary Teaching from the University of California's Rossier School of Education. Bill came to CLS after 10 years in the secondary classroom. He believes SmartLabs are important tools for engaging unengaged students and helping them access careers they might not otherwise have imagined.

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