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STEM Education Charges Ahead in Chicago Middle School SmartLab HQ

Written by Bill Laurienti

“We knew our students would love it and we had to get our hands on it,” said Simmons’ Principal Tracy Flood regarding her school’s new SmartLab HQ.

Simmons Middle School, in Chicago, opened their SmartLab HQ in a portion of the school’s library earlier this month. The sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students enjoy the hands-on learning and the SmartLab Facilitators love seeing the students learn in a new way.

Read more about how education is changing at Simmons in this article from the Chicago Tribune.

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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