What is a STEM Lab?


A fully-integrated learning environment where everything from the furniture and technology to curriculum and assessment work together to support hands-on, minds-on learning. It’s a place where personalized learning and intrinsic motivation engage students of all ages, interests and abilities. In a STEM Lab:

  • Students explore.
  • They problem-solve.
  • They collaborate and create.
  • And they learn.

STEM Lab programs are carefully designed and provisioned for each grade level. Every program element – technology, classroom design, construction kits, curriculum, scope and sequence – works together to meet students where they are and take them as far as they are able.

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What do students learn in a STEM Lab?

Students gain 21st century learning skills in the STEM Lab by engaging in projects that develop:

  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Information literacy
  • Adaptability

Skills are developed in a project-based learning environment where students apply technology to projects of their own design. Learning Launchers are the foundation of STEM Lab learning. Students access the Learning Launcher’s wide range of projects and challenges through the customizable LaunchPad navigation system. Learning Launchers provide a foundation in essential systems of technology including:

Alternative Energies and Renewables

  • Electricity
  • Solar


  • Arduino
  • MaKey MaKey
  • Snap Circuits – Electricity and Electronics

Computer Graphics

  • Pixie
  • Photoshop

Mechanics & Structures

  • K’nex
  • Fischertechnik Mechanic
  • IQ Key
  • Vernier Structures Tester
  • Bridge Designer
  • Zometool

Robotics & Control Technology

  • WeDo Robotics
  • Lego EV3

Scientific & ?Data Analysis

  • Vernier Science
  • MicroObservatory

Digital Communications

  • Frames
  • Garage Band
  • Google Sites
  • PowerPoint
  • Pixie

Software Engineering

  • Digital Sandbox
  • Scratch