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How Many Things Are in a SmartLab?

Written by Bill Laurienti

What do you need to create an engaging, project-based, STEAM program?

One that includes standards-aligned curriculum, curated learning kits, professional development, a learning-focused environment, and a signature Student Learning Process?

Every SmartLab Learning solution includes these key components.

You can rely on us to be experts at sourcing, evaluating, and integrating the best learning resources into engaging, comprehensive STEAM programs—we’ve been doing it for 30 years.

Every “thing” in the SmartLab has been thoroughly tested for ease-of-use, safety, and reliability. We compare and rank alternatives and select only those resources that provide schools with the best value. We consider how each element supports personalization and scaffolding of learning. We design customized, fully-integrated classroom systems that foster collaborative, next-generation learning experiences.

And we don’t stop there.

We provide schools with so much more than just off-the-shelf resources. We understand the unique demands of classroom use and take time to evaluate how each resource will actually be used in an integrated STEAM program. So every “thing” is organized into collections of resources that include technology, learning kits, supplies, storage solutions, and more.

These collections feature everything you need to support personalized, project-based learning.

We take the hassle and guesswork out of program design and purchasing, so teachers and administrators can focus on what they do best.

“Most Districts don’t have the skillset to build this from the ground up without a partner like Creative Learning Systems.”
Brian Ewert, Colorado Superintendent of the Year

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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