Learning in Missouri


Learning Objectives

Enhance STEM Education with SmartLab

A SmartLab in the classroom provides opportunities for all students to engage in hands-on, minds-on learning that sparks curiosity and makes STEM concepts come to life. Missouri schools that implement SmartLabs can meet state learning objectives while helping students learn critical interpersonal skills through stimulating, project-based learning engagements that connect to their real lives. 

When it comes to STEM/STEAM education, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is focused both on advancing K–12 education in STEM literacy and supporting students’ transition into life after school through college and career readiness programs focused on building next-generation skills. Sounds right up our alley!

SmartLabs In Missouri

Support All Learners with Project-Based Engagements

While our academic focus is on STEM/STEAM learning engagements, the SmartLab is designed to foster 21st-century competencies while supplementing core curriculum. In a SmartLab, students learn to collaborate, communicate, solve problems creatively, and reset when things don’t go as planned—all skills that are crucial for the modern workplace, no matter the sector. 

So how can we do all this and help your school meet learning objectives?

  • We help learners of all ages connect core math, science, and engineering concepts to real-world applications through hands-on activities. | Learn More
  • The SmartLab invites students to connect to their learning authentically, which leads to higher engagement and better overall performance. | Learn More
  • Learners practice life skills like goal-setting, time management, autonomy, collaboration, and creative problem-solving, all while coding a robot or designing a bridge. | Learn More
  • Students can build familiarity with academic and practical concepts they can apply to a wide range of professions. | Learn More
  • SmartLab lessons can be personalized to support learners of all abilities and circumstances, ensuring they keep pace with their peers. | Learn More
  • We support educators with comprehensive training and tech troubleshooting, allowing them to focus more on their students. | Learn More



Achieve Academic Excellence in Missouri

The Missouri DESE maintains its own academic standards (the Missouri Learning Standards), which are closely aligned with the Common Core. SmartLab Learning Programs are in 70% or higher alignment with the following standards: 

  • Common Core Standards of Mathematical Practice: Learners apply mathematical concepts to solve problems they can see and feel. | Learn More
  • Next Generation Science Standards: Hands-on learning engagements bring core science concepts to three-dimensional life. | Learn More
  • International Society for Technology in Education Standards: Empowered with access to innovative tools—and the agency to explore their applications—students grow into their roles as digital citizens. | Learn More

SmartLab Learning in Missouri

See which Missouri schools and districts have implemented SmartLab solutions.

Discover Your Funding Options

The Creative Learning Systems team has helped public, private, rural, urban, large, and small schools secure funding.

  • Clarify the alignment between SmartLab objectives and allowable use of Title I, II, and IV funds
  • Help you navigate the ESSER, ESSA, and EANS allocation process
  • Help you identify a wide variety of technology-friendly grant programs that best match your school or district’s needs and resources 
  • Conduct a free, personalized Research Report
  • Provide you with free grant proposal editing services

ESSER for Public Schools

Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund


EANS for Private Schools

Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools


Private Donors

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Funding Through Grants

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Maximize ESSER Funding to Engage Students

Learn what to prioritize when applying for ESSER funding.

Learn More About ESSER for Public Schools

EANS Funding Can Support STEM Programs

Talk to a CLS Regional Sales Manager to learn how your private school can access the right funds.

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Our Partners

Equitable STEM Programming Made Possible

Meet the private donors working to make SmartLab Learning accessible to all.

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Explore Active Grant Opportunities

You don’t have to go it alone — the CLS team can help you with the grant search and application process.

Happy clients talk about SmartLab

Hear from our happy clients.

Mazie Osman

“Something I discovered as a result of working with my students in the SmartLab is how resilient kids are with new materials and new technologies. They come in knowing nothing, and by the end of the class, they’re the ones teaching me. They love taking the lead and it’s amazing to see.”

Mazie Osman
SmartLab Facilitator, California Elementary School | Public | California, MO
Travis Brantingham

“By moving beyond textbooks and theory, investing in SmartLab HQs technology gives students a chance to succeed in an ever-changing, fast-moving environment while fostering essential skills such as communication, flexibility, creativity, and collaboration. We’re equipping students with the tools, resources, and confidence to adapt to new technologies and ideas that push the world forward.”

Travis Brantingham
Head of School, The Principia School | Private | St. Louis, MO
Tommie Traylor

“The response to the new SmartLab HQs has been incredibly positive from students and faculty alike. Allowing students to apply their knowledge through application has a powerful, real-world connection for our students—this is the way forward in education.”

Tommie Traylor
STEM Facilitator & Integration Specialist, The Principia School | Private | St. Louis, MO
Gary Baker

“As educators, it is our job to prepare our students for the rigors of college and their careers. The current workforce environment is ever changing, which makes our job more challenging than ever before! We try to foster skills for jobs that our students will one day have, yet those jobs have not even been created. Our SmartLab HQ Stem Center is the perfect blend of standards-based education with the skills needed to be successful for tomorrow. Students are continually engaged and are working on problem-solving skills and grit daily.”

Gary Baker
Principal, California Elementary School | Public | California, MO

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