The temperatures soared to over 100-degrees in Los Angeles on the first day of the 2016 summer, but over 1000 students and their parents attended the first day of lab school, a month-long summer program that provides a learning experience.
The STEM Lab School is an experiential learning environment for administrators, experienced teachers, teacher candidates and K-12 students.
It is designed as a place where teachers can further develop their skills in classroom management and pedagogical strategies, and students can develop 21st century learning behavioral habits to succeed in college and career. Stakeholders, which are a part of that school’s local community, cultivate productive collaborative practices that nurture student personal developmental and academic needs. The make-up of the Lab School fosters such results.
Every summer, we launch a school where both students and CSI3 candidates engage in a host of STEM activities and learning. It is an experimental, safe space where emerging STEM educators practice various methods of pedagogy in a fun learning environment.
The lab school takes place at four sites: Marquez High School, Gage Middle School, 93rd Elementary, and Annalee Elementary — schools located in high-needs area in the LAUSD.
As part of the program, CSI3 offers parent workshops that explain to parents how getting their children involved in STEM learning will increase their chances of being successful in school. As well, speakers provide information and give detailed steps of the education pipeline from elementary to college, showing them various strategies on the pathways to attaining higher education.