SmartLab HQ for High School

With highly engaging, STEM-focused experiences, high school learners make real-world connections to math and science concepts.

Program Overview

High school students put their learning to work in a SmartLab HQ.

A SmartLab HQ provides high school learners with professional tools and open-ended learning engagements. Students use foundational skills to integrate multiple technologies into one project. For schools keen on offering extended learning through in-depth, semester-long, project-based courses, SmartLab Learning also offers Pathways that include everything from environmental science, to media arts, to advanced physics.

Meet Your Academic Goals

With our research-based, student-led approach to project-based learning, students engage in authentic skill building while connecting to the core math and science concepts they’re learning in class. Your oldest learners take on large-scale projects that extend beyond the school’s walls.

Enjoy a Comprehensive Solution

We can design a SmartLab HQ that fits your academic objectives, class, and room size. Use our readiness checklist to prepare your space, then let our installers fill your room with everything you need to keep your learners engaged in hands-on, minds-on learning.

Prepare Your Educators with PD

Educators receive extensive professional development to help them hone their facilitation skills. Plus, with ongoing instructional coaching and training offerings, educators are prepared to manage the SmartLab HQ with ease.


Curriculum & SmartLab Learning Hub

Our student-led, project-based curriculum keeps learners engaged.

The SmartLab Learning Hub—our online platform—comes stocked with our standards-aligned, project-based curriculum. SmartLab curriculum keeps learners engaged while supplementing core math and science instruction. Students can document their learning and growth via their portfolio, while educators can monitor and assess their learners’ progress. 

Michael Hancock

“One of the most powerful words is equity. Not everyone starts in the same place, but the SmartLab HQ gives all of our students a level playing field and a fair shot at opportunity.”

Michael Hancock, Mayor of Denver, Speaking about Montebello High School | Denver, CO

Program Features

What do learners experience in a SmartLab HQ?

Whether their interests lie in digital media, robotics, software engineering, or alternative and renewable energy, high school students can deepen their knowledge in science and math while honing advanced workplace skills like project planning and time management. Project presentations are extensive, individualized, and often utilize advanced digital media and professional tools.


The Circuitry Area of Exploration introduces learners to electricity concepts that power the world around them. Students design and build circuits using different electrical components, including programmable microcontrollers like micro:bit and Arduino.

and Media Arts

Communication and Media Arts is all about harnessing the power of technology to create and deliver impactful messages. Learners develop the technical skills necessary to tell meaningful stories, explain complex concepts clearly, document and share their work effectively, and express themselves through a wide range of media.

Manufacturing Technology

Manufacturing Technology is all about developing the skills required to design and make original products. Students gain experience with human-centered design principles while developing technical skills that open the way for them to create and produce physical products that solve a problem.

and Structures

The Mechanics and Structures area provides learners with opportunities to explore the work of mechanical and civil engineers as they design and build machines, bridges, towers, and other objects. Students progress from simple machines and basic construction to more advanced mechanisms and complex structures, while learning the importance of planning, measuring and collecting data, and iterating to achieve the desired result.

Robotics and Control Technology

The Robotics and Control Technology Area of Exploration provides students with opportunities to explore the intersection between mechanical engineering and computer science to design, build, and program robotic creations. Learners progress from simple navigation tasks to more complex challenges that involve designing, building, and programming original robotic creations.

Scientific Data
and Analysis

Scientific Data and Analysis focuses on collecting and interpreting data through intentional experimentation. Students develop experiments for testing hypotheses that involve gathering data using various methods, including computer-connected sensors. This area also provides opportunities for learners to explore vast data sources to organize and present relevant information about their community.

Software Engineering

Software Engineering focuses on providing learners with the opportunity to develop computational thinking and other skills that are relevant regardless of future career decisions. As students complete projects in this Area of Exploration, they gain valuable tools for approaching complex problems in a wide range of contexts.

Environmental Technology 

Environmental Technology provides opportunities to explore the human impact on the environment and ways of managing environmental resources more effectively. Students explore concepts like sustainability, renewable energy, efficiency, and recycling as they learn about and propose solutions to environmental challenges.


Developing Hopeful, Engaged Students

This paper explores how increasing student autonomy and ownership through authentic learning experiences can contribute to developing hopeful, engaged, lifelong learners. Topics include:

  • What are hopefulness and engagement?
  • How can educators facilitate engaging learning experiences?
  • What is the role of student agency in developing confidence?

why smartlab Learning?

Our programs prepare today’s students to become tomorrow’s leaders.

In addition to helping learners turn complex math and science concepts into real-world activities, SmartLab Learning prepares students for future success. In a SmartLab, students learn to make decisions, solve problems, and manage complex tasks. We equip learners with our SmartLab Learning Process that can be used in life, college, and career. By pairing this framework with engaging STEM-focused learning kits, students are able to experience learning in a safe and supportive space where they practice persevering without fear of failure.


Number of STEM jobs

Number of STEM jobs in the U.S. to fill by 2025.


median annual wage

The median annual wage of STEM careers.

Hear From Our Happy Clients

Dr. Mary Leiker

“I am more excited about this program than anything I have ever done in curriculum in my 22 years in education. This was the greatest intuitive leap the school district could make—and a wise investment.”

Dr. Mary Leiker
Former Superintendent, Kentwood Public Schools | Kentwood, MI
Dan Quesnel

“In its first year, the SmartLab HQ has become the focal point of student-driven inquiry on campus. I am constantly impressed by the level of discussion and problem solving I see among the teams of students as they explore their own interests and develop skills that will allow them to succeed in jobs that may not even exist yet.”

Dan Quesnel
Head of School, The Oakwood School | Private | Greenville, NC
Diana Zakhem

“It’s a robust learning environment that’s relevant, rigorous, tied to core academics, and aligned to standards.” 

Diana Zakhem
Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Coordinator, Englewood Schools | Public | Littleton, CO

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of room or space do we need for a SmartLab HQ?

Once we gather information on your existing space(s), our design team will help create a lab that works for your needs.

How much training do you provide?

After installing your SmartLab Learning solution, we provide your team with extensive, high-quality, research-based professional development. This way, you and your team are equipped to manage every aspect of your SmartLab.

What type of funding is available?

We can help you access a wide variety of grant programs that will help fill funding gaps and drive your district’s initiatives forward. Download our interactive funding guide to gain access to a variety of funding opportunities.

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.