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Bank Sponsors Indiana Middle School with a STEM Lab and Broadcast Studio

Written by Bill Laurienti
Bank Sponsors Huge STEM Lab and Broadcast Studio in Indiana Middle School

We’re trying to teach kids to think creatively and problem-solve as well as using 21st-century skills.

Bill Welling, Chief Academic Officer, School City of Mishawaka

To support Welling’s goals, Teacher’s Credit Union (TCU), a regional credit union, is supporting the new SmartLab HQ at John Young Middle School in Mishawaka, IN.

The TCU Innovation Lab opened in August and boasts an impressive 4,500 square foot facility that can accommodate up to 72 middle school students at a time.

Each learner has access to programs and technologies related to circuitry, digital communications, robotics and control technology, scientific data and analysis, sustainability, and software engineering.

After learning about a technology, students begin a project and document the problems and triumphs they face during its progression. Finally, they present the completed project to fellow classmates. With SmartLab Learning, we celebrate both failures and successes equally.

In addition to the SmartLab HQ STEM center, the space includes an engaging SmartLab Studio so students can create videos and streaming broadcasts using the same technology and equipment that’s used in the industry.

The South Bend Tribune reports that students are excited about the new facility, so much so that they even came to school during summer break to try out the some of the new learning resources!

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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