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SmartLab HQs Providing New Opportunities for Tukwila Students

Written by Bill Laurienti

We recently partnered with Tukwila School District in Washington to help them fulfill their STEAM initiatives by implement SmartLab HQs at three schools in their district.

Located near Sea-Tac International Airport, Tukwila School District serves a diverse school community. About 40% of district students qualify for English Language Learner services and approximately 80% are eligible for free and reduced school meals.

The district’s goal is to provide learners with an early exposure to STEAM experiences to prepare them for academic and career opportunities in high school and beyond.

“Once the kids have been introduced to STEAM at the elementary level, the concepts and the application increase in rigor as they get to middle school,” said Vivian Palmer, the district’s Executive Director of Accountability, Assessment, and Technology. “By the time they get to the high school, they will be better informed as to which career pathway they want to take.”

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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