Lucerne Valley, CA – July 26, 2018 — When Lucerne Valley Elementary School opens on August 9th, students will find a new learning experience waiting for them. That’s because Lucerne Valley Elementary has added a special kind of classroom called a “SmartLab”.
Burt Umstead, the school’s principal explains, “The SmartLab is a state-of-the-art classroom called a STEM center (for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). He continued, “In addition to working with leading edge technology, students develop critical skills such as problem-solving, collaboration, project management and communications”.
SmartLab students work in teams to develop projects in the areas of scientific data and analysis, circuitry, computer graphics, digital communications, mechanics and structures, alternative and renewable energy, software engineering, and robotics and control technology.
In the SmartLab, students have the opportunity to explore their own project ideas under the supervision of a special kind of teacher called a “Facilitator”. Instead of taking exams, students create eportfolios to document their learning. “It’s a challenging learning experience” said Umstead, “but because students can explore topics of personal interest, they typically rise to the challenge”.
The new SmartLab at Lucerne Valley Elementary was designed and installed by a company called Creative Learning Systems. Creative Learning Systems has been developing technology-based classrooms since 1987. Matt Dickstein, the company’s CEO said, “Each of our partner schools makes a significant investment in the future of their students. He added, “We are proud to partner with Lucerne Valley Elementary to provide engaging, next generation learning for their students.”
Umstead said, “I know our students will be excited by the new SmartLab. Our community should certainly be proud of this new learning resource”.
About Creative Learning Systems: Based in Longmont, Colorado, Creative Learning Systems has been developing STEM and digital communications for schools since 1987. The company’s SmartLab learning environments provide engaging STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and digital communications programs for K-12 students. In partnership with schools across the country, Creative Learning Systems is providing next-generation learning opportunities for students of all abilities and interests.
(source: Lucerne Valley Unified School District news release)