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SmartLab Learning employs a unique educational methodology—a methodology that has been developed, tested, and refined since creating the first technology lab in a U.S. school in 1987. We think of it as a bridge from schooling to learning.

Educational Methodology

5-Step Framework

The SmartLab Learning 5-step framework provides students with the tool to solve problems, make decisions, and become critical thinkers.


Our first priority is to get students excited about learning. Engaged learners are intrinsically motivated. They are on-task. They are critical-thinkers. And they achieve.

When you walk into a SmartLab HQ, you’ll notice that it looks from a traditional classroom. The space is filled with collaborative workstations and a diverse range of technologies. You’ll immediately notice that learning is different here.

Scope and Sequence

We customize a scope and sequence, a Score, based on your unique schedule and space configuration. This roadmap guides pairs of learners through a rotation as they experience project-based activities in:

  • Circuitry
  • Computer Graphics
  • Digital Communications
  • Mechanics and Structures
  • Robotics and Control Technology
  • Scientific Data and Analysis
  • Software Engineering
  • Sustainability

This rotation provides a vibrant mix of experience and promotes synthesis, cross-team collaboration, and integration of technologies.


Students use self-guided online curriculum called Learning Launchers to guide each project engagement. Learning Launchers provide students with a foundation of underlying knowledge, academic connections, technology tutorials, and project ideas. Multiple Learning Launchers in each topic area allow students to select an appropriate level of challenge and take their learning as far as they’re able.


Most important, learning is personalized in the SmartLab. Learning paths and resources are individualized and differentiated and relevance is paramount. Learners are encouraged to shape their projects and explore ideas based on their personal interests and experience.


With SmartLab Learning, we encourage authentic assessment. Students create Portfolios with daily learning journals and project presentations. Plus, with customizable rubrics designed specifically for project-based learning, you can provide authentic assessments of the learning process along with learners’ meaningful self-reflection.

SmartLab Learning is a powerful learning system. This complete learning program engages and motivates students while helping students develop next-generation skills like critical-thinking and problem-solving, collaboration, communication, creativity, and adaptability.

“The structure of the SmartLab allows for seamless integration of communication skills, collaboration, innovation, and critical thinking.”

—Diana Zakhem, Postsecondary & Workforce Readiness Coordinator, Englewood Schools

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