Margaret Tyndall, Teacher
When I see how engaged the students are in the lab, it reminds me of why I went into teaching!
Kathy Buscemi, Principal
Saint Bernard Catholic Academy loves it’s LabLearner STEM Lab. From our 3 year old in Jr. PreK to our 8th graders, the students look forward to their time in the lab. The teachers love the layout of the workbooks. Material is presented in a very easy to follow, logical manner. The students are well prepared intellectually for the discovery part of the lesson in the lab.
Allison Murphy, Principal
This is our second year with LabLearner and we are thrilled to be working with them. The teachers and students are excited to do hands-on experiments in class. Students that were previously hesitant in science class are now eager to participate in class. The students have increased their science knowledge and are able to share their knowledge with others.
John O’Brien, Principal
Using the Lab Learner program has been such a wonderful experience and a blessing for our students. Having every grade in the lab on a weekly basis has brought us leaps and bounds ahead of where our science program was before. Our students love being able to work hands on with state of the art equipment and use what they have learned while they collaborate with their classmates to problem solve. Our students are no longer simply learning about science, they are “doing” science.
Debora Hanna, Principal
St. Andrew Avellino Catholic Academy’s LabLearner STEM Lab was put in effect in September 2017. LabLearner not only came in and set up with ease but prepared my faculty for a year of innovative thinking and high energy learning. My students had a year of thinking, reasoning, teamwork, and creative skills that they can use in all areas of their lives. St. Andrew Avellino is a place bursting with enthusiasm and innovative learning from our Pre-Kindergarten students all the way up to our eighth grade.
Christopher Scharbach, Principal
Here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy, we highly recommend
the LabLearner STEM Program. St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy over the last few years looked for ways to expand our STEM program and LabLearner has made the significant difference we were looking to achieve.
First and foremost, the students look forward to participating in the LabLearner STEM lab. Parents are excited as well to have their child participate in the LabLearner curriculum seeing the value of increasing their child’s learning opportunity. The teachers have attended training in which they increased the connections to expanding student learning, examining ways to increase critical thinking skills.
At the organizational level, the leaders within LabLearner have been committed to providing support to the teachers. They have been flexible in meeting the needs of the school, making a smooth transition for the students.
Andrea D’Emic, Principal
The implementation of the Lab Learner Program has been a success at St. Edmund Elementary. The reaction to the curriculum and materials has been overwhelmingly positive from teachers, students and parents. The hands-on approach of the program has benefited all students on all levels of academic achievement. Students are engaged and enthusiastic in each step of the learning process associated with each lab activity. Wearing the lab coats truly enables them to imagine themselves as researchers and scientists. I believe that the Lab Learners Program has sparked the interest of future STEM career paths in many of our students.
Luke Nawrocki, Principal
There has been a significant positive impact to the study of science at the St. Joseph Catholic Academy. We see it in the enthusiasm of the youngsters to perform the hands-on activities and their excitement when they appear for lab in their special lab coats. The classroom teachers in the elementary grades, ordinarily not science majors, are more involved and much more comfortable with the lessons now that they are led by a dedicated lab teacher.
Mary Basile, Principal
St. Clare Catholic Academy introduced Lab learners to both the students and the parents in September 2017. It was very exciting for the students to be able to utilize the State of the art Science Lab. Students enjoyed learning science by “doing.”
Many expressed that this program changes the way science is taught and learned. Students learn so much from one another. Our students worked together gathering information, experimenting and solving problems. It was evident that conversations were taking place, students began listening and respecting each others ideas and the feeling of accomplishment were had by all. Our students look at science in a whole different way. We look forward to another year with this program.
Anne Zuschlag, Principal
Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Academy is over the moon to have received a generous grant from the Diocese of Brooklyn to implement a Lab Learners Program and to partner with Lab Learners professional staff. Since this past Spring, when our faculty participated in training and the lab materials were installed in their new home at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Academy, there has been a buzz of excitement from students, staff and parents. The children literally cheered in their classrooms when the grant award was announced. Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Academy is a strong academic community that exists in a neighborhood surrounded by high ranking public and private schools. Although our parents and board work tirelessly to provide our students with materials and experiences which promote excellence, the Lab Learners program was far outside of our means. Utilizing this program allows Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Academy to attract and retain families seeking active learning and enhanced STEM opportunities for their children.
My son, a graduate student pursuing a MS in Chemistry, recently came to tour our lab and was truly amazed at the quality and advanced level of equipment available to our staff and students. It was so affirming to see his admiration. Honestly, it filled me with such happiness to know what we were providing this to our students and that it was a great as we hoped. I am confident the lab experience will light a spark or burn an existing fire in a child who sees and feels the “magic” of science. We are so grateful and indebted to those who assisted in supporting this effort.
Geralyn Arcieri, Teacher
The LabLearner curriculum is awesome; however, when I first experienced the LabLearner training sessions, I wasn’t too sure if this is what we were looking for at St. Bernadette Catholic Academy. With much trepidation, in September we launched this new program in a fully equipped lab. That first week totally blew my mind! Students who never used microscopes were jumping in and using them like pros. Everything I taught them was being retained! This was due in part to all the hands-on experiences they were gaining! 5th Grade learned terms such as wet mount, dry mount, etc. When it came time to do the performance assessment, the students in grades 3-5 sailed through them. All you could overhear was that this was the best test they had ever taken! 3rd grade learned so much about electricity and some of their parents who are electricians were so impressed with what their little ones were learning. My 4th graders were acting like true future doctors in the Human Body cell and my 5th graders were so proud to find out where they came from in their Genetics cell!
In the training sessions, we learned that some information is retained in the back of the brain where it may never be retrieved. In LabLearner, everything they learn remains at the forefront of the brain and can be retrieved over and over again! Lab Learner also helps me prepare my students for the 4th Grade NYS Science Test. What we are learning in the Forms of Energy cell will help the students perform the experiments in the Performance section of the State test! I think the spiraling curriculum is the best and the younger grades will truly benefit the most from this!
Has LabLearner changed my way of teaching? Yes, it definitely has! I present my students with the information they need and they prove the facts through experimentation. Every year, I always begin with the Scientific Method. This is the Scientific Method in action. My students are always questioning and seeking answers which the experiments help provide. They are starting to think outside the box. What if I change this or tweak that? What will happen? They are becoming true scientists!
Now, doesn’t it make sense to say that this is an awesome program? It’s a teacher’s dream come true! From my 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students.
Thank you Lab Learner! We applaud you!
Michael Bruno, Principal
OLMC has a very unique school-wide science program called LabLearner which serves as our science curriculum at every grade level (Pre-K – 8th Grade). LabLearner provides you with the lab set-up (including all furniture and equipment), the curriculum (broken down into various sections for each grade level), and the teacher professional development. This program is now in its second full year and it has exceeded every expectation.
Sheena Byrnes, Teacher
LabLearner is an incredible program for the students in my school. We used it for the first time last year and it had a huge impact on both the students and myself. I was able to teach Science in a way that I was never able to before because I finally had equipment that allowed the students to reach their full potential. Students came in asking to go to the lab every day and loved being there. They enjoyed everything from wearing the lab coats to using equipment and materials most students don’t see until high school or college. We had our annual Science fair in May and students came up with ideas that were more advanced than they were in the past. They were asking to borrow things from the lab to complete their projects. We had a very successful year in Science and the LabLearner program was the main reason why. I am excited to use it again this year and I would highly recommend it to other schools.
Andrea L. Tomaino, Principal
The students are really enjoying the new lab! One day, a 3rd grader was sitting in the office waiting to be picked up. A little child (either Pre-k or K) was sitting next to him. The boy was explaining to an adult in the office about measuring the ice cube, etc. from their lab. The little one chimes in,
“Wow! That really is Science!” I was so impressed 🙂
Sue Brunner, Teacher
I’ve been a middle school science teacher for 26 years and I find LabLearner to be complete enough for the novice teacher and comprehensive enough for the veteran, it is literally everything you need.
Students enjoy high interest, inquiry based lab work. Their workbooks narrow the focus, procedures, pre and post questions to the essential information.
The CELLS are well-constructed and cohesive units that spiral previously taught information/skills onto the next level.
LabLearner provides wonderful support and perspective; questions and emails are answered timely.
Carol Grugan, Teacher
There are so many good things to say about LabLearner Science. However, the ahs, the ohs and the other squeals of delight that come from the students during our labs, let us know that these student scientists have grasped another important science concept. Hands-on learning has proved exciting and productive!
Life Christian Academy has used the LabLearner program in grades Pre-K through grade 8 since 2010. It is an outstanding curriculum, with state of the art equipment. Each student gets hands on experiences each and every week. Our students look forward to science class.
Jacqueline Edelmann, Teacher
We’re a new LabLearner school as of September 2014.
We’ve had a very positive experience bringing the program to all of our students in Pre-K through 8th grade. Without exception, our students are excited about science now and they are thoroughly engaged in hands-on exploration every week.
Concepts are introduced and explored, and then spiraled upon each other through investigations, analysis and discussions. Honestly, some concepts are quite challenging – especially for middle school students who are new to the program – but I have the freedom to supplement the supplied LabLearner materials if necessary and personalize the pace to the class.
LabLearner responds immediately to any questions that I’ve had about content, concepts, lab logistics, location of materials, etc. I’ve been very pleased with the teacher support, teaching materials, and the quality and quantity of our lab supplies.
Debbie Brewster, Teacher
Lab Learner Science at Saint Cecilia School in grade 8 challenges students to analyze the world of science. Students have a chance to model concepts in the world of science. The models in the lab open windows of understanding that are not possible in traditional science classroom settings.
Lab Learner Science at Saint Cecilia School for grade 7. Working on Ecosystems Investigation 3.The students analyze how plant biomass is key to the living organisms in an ecosystem. Applying mathematical formulas to understand the relationship between energy and biomass of producers and the levels that an ecosystem can support.
Catherine O’Brien, Principal
The students at Holy Family Catholic Academy are so enthused each time they enter the Lab Learner Lab. They love being scientists using all the materials the program provides. The team at Lab Learner truly partners with our school to support learning across the grades and customizes the education plan to best meet the curricular needs of our program.
Carol Grugan, Teacher
Helping our students become interested in science and thinking of themselves as scientists is so much easier since we have LabLearner. The 100% hands-on experience provided through the labs lays a good scientific foundation from kindergarten through grade eight. The use of real science equipment, the varied curriculum, and the teamwork approach to problem solving allow our students the opportunities to grow in their learning and to develop the skills needed to be successful in later years.
The newly added introductions and concept pages in the Middle School cells as well as the videos in the Elementary School cells enhance the teachers’ knowledge and presentations throughout the program. The LabLearner staff has always been quick to respond when we needed them.
Thank you, LabLearner!
Matthew Depree, Teacher
I’ve talked to a few kids this year whose favorite subject used to be gym but now they say ‘Science’.
Thanks for all of your help so far.
Sarah Paquette, Teacher
I tell people that I have the best job in the world – teaching the LabLearner program. Students are always excited to come to class, and they all find success in some way shape or form as the curriculum unfolds. Each investigation’s slide show provides insight and enrichment to those thirsty for more, hands-on labs allow for both collaborative and leadership opportunities, and the post lab analysis launches us into lively discussions and connections that branch beyond the walls of our lab. I truly feel that, in my decade of LabLearner instruction, I have “grown” future scientists.