Essential Life and Leadership Skills

Enable today’s learners to compete in tomorrow’s world. 

SmartLab students gain critical life skills including leadership, flexibility, and autonomy. While core math and science concepts are critical, students will need other practical skills to thrive in tomorrow’s world. SmartLab’s suite of programs support core learning while teaching students to think critically, collaborate, communicate, and hone their creativity.


Here, learners gain confidence and independence.

The SmartLab approach to student-led learning provides ample opportunities to gain cross-functional skills.

Learn Collaboration

Students work in pairs and learn to take the lead, negotiate, collaborate, and make decisions.

Gain Independence

SmartLab-trained teacher-facilitators teach students strategies for finding answers and getting unstuck without first going to an adult for answers.

Develop Perseverance

Though students are responsible for setting and achieving goals, SmartLab projects require them to plan, execute, and finish projects within constraints–just like the workforce.

Struggle Productively

SmartLab training prepares facilitators to create a safe place where learners can explore, struggle, and try again.

SmartLab programs are designed to nurture next-gen skills.

Set and Accomplish Goals

Students define goals, identify problems they want to solve, and manage their time to accomplish their goals. 

Embrace Inquisitive Learning

Learners think critically, ask questions, find answers, and develop creative, effective solutions.

Work in Teams

In structured student pairs, collaborative teamwork is often as educational–and important–as the project outcome. 

Gain Communication Skills

Students hone their communication skills by sharing their learning with their learning community.

Share Insights and Connections

Students share insights and, through self-reflection, connect what they’re doing with what they’re learning and record it in their portfolio.

Derek Seifried

“In a SmartLab HQ, students are immersed in learning that’s engaging, relevant, and aligns perfectly with core content areas. Most important, students own their education and take their learning to uncharted territory. There, they’re challenged and grow real-life skills in a real-world environment.”

Derek Seifried, SmartLab Facilitator, Prairie View Middle School | Brighton, CO

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