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“Students Innovate. The SmartLab Elevates.”

Written by Bill Laurienti

Rick Knotts, the Science Director at Prince of Peace Christian School tells us that “Students Innovate. The SmartLab Elevates” is the slogan for the SmartLab in this Carrollton, Texas’ school. Students and faculty at Prince of Peace School talk about the importance of SmartLab for developing 21st Century leaders, and independent, creative thinkers who can identify real-world problems and collaborate to design and test solutions to problems. The SmartLab at Prince of Peace School is a big part of fostering a student’s academic success and ensuring that they develop the skills necessary for today’s world. The SmartLab was installed in 2019.

The students in the SmartLab HQ are the only ones I know who ask for Ozobots, Spheros, Snap Circuits, and other building kits for Christmas and their birthday.

Todd Baringer, the Lower School Principal echos the enthusiasm learners have in the SmartLab HQ:

They want to stay in the SmartLab HQ through their classes, during lunch, during recess, and yes … we actually have to ask our students to leave the school because it’s time to go home. It’s as if we can’t keep our students out of the SmartLab HQ.

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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