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California’s New Elementary STEAM Lab

Written by Bill Laurienti

The STEAM SmartLab HQ at Discovery School of the Arts in Victorville, CA is off to a great start!

The program launched this semester and Discovery elementary students are exploring a wide range of technologies, including animation, mechanics and structures, robotics, programming, video production, and more.

The Victorville Daily Press visited the Discovery SmartLab highlighted the program’s emphasis on problem-solving across all grade levels. While hard at work building and programming her robot, sixth-grader Zara Haney told the Daily Press, “You don’t do this in regular classrooms. Here you can teach yourself and learn how to work together to figure things out.”

According to the Daily Press, key donors who helped fund the SmartLab HQ are also thrilled with the program’s success.

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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