Standardized Testing

Brian Palmer, Principal

Bottineau Elementary School is in the third year using LabLearner. We have been greatly pleased with the enthusiasm LabLearner has created with our students in their feelings about science. Not only does LabLearner strengthen our students’ science skills, but it also strengthens their math, vocabulary and writing skills. After the first year of using LabLearner we saw growth of 5% with our 4th grade state assessment results. We are excited for the future as we have the program in our school for many years to come. We anticipate the student growth we have seen over a short period will only become greater over the future years.

Robbie, Student

I was accepted into an elite magnet program for high school – Wheeler Math and Science. I did exceptionally well on the science portion of the admissions test because of my rich background with the LabLearner program. Thank you, LabLearner.

Linda Milewski, Principal

Blessed Trinity introduced LabLearner to their students in grades Pre-K to eight over four years ago.  This research-based program has definitely changed the overall student opinion of Science.  Just a few short years ago; the majority of students did not enjoy Science class. With this hands-on approach our students are interested in Science and eager to learn. Standardized test scores have shown a positive increase in student scores.  I strongly believe that this increase is due to the Lab Learner program.

Jacqueline Edelmann, Teacher

This is our fourth year using the LabLearner program at The Academy of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Our grades have steadily improved both during the school year and on standardized tests. This indicates to me that LabLearner not only delivers content knowledge, but it also delivers the skills to comprehend and analyze any scientific information presented in standardized tests.  Students know how to read data tables, interpret graphs, and analyze experimental procedures and results.  It is challenging, and they rise to the challenge. In the first half of our first year with LabLearner, I often heard “what do I need to know for the test?” Once students came to understand that we were focusing on exploring, experiencing, and proving concepts through hands-on investigation they stopped asking that question. They haven’t looked back! Students know that they are expected to think more deeply, to make predictions, to develop and practice their skills of analysis and investigation, and to apply their understanding to real-life situations. They know how to identify problems and find solutions to those problems. They also know that the more effort they put in, the more they get out of the LabLearner program. Each year now, I’ve had high school students come back and thank me for the experiences they had with LabLearner in middle school at The Academy of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Each one has told me how much it gave them a leg up for high school science. They know how to use the equipment, proper lab procedures, and best of all, how to think. I run lab investigations for preK-3 students up through 8th grade. Every week I hear from parents of all age children how much their children love Science. I hear stories of students “turning around” and loving Science because of how they experience it at The Academy of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. While I certainly will take some credit, the majority of the credit must go to LabLearner for the richly engaging program they provide.

New Awareness of Careers

Sarah Paquette, Teacher

We are nurturing the next generation of scientists.  Students need to know how their learning is relevant; why it matters. For each CELL students work through, they develop a list of possible STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) careers that use the concepts they are learning about in lab. As a capstone project to our Simple Machines CELL, students in eighth grade put on their engineering hats. In small teams, they completely disassemble a multi-speed bicycle, record the simple machines within it, calculate mechanical advantages of the simple machines within it, calculate the total mechanical advantage of the bicycle, consider the logic of the simple machines operating to achieve the end function of the bicycle, completely reassemble the bicycle, and consider the forces involved in the functioning of the bicycle. Student Viewpoint:  “If this is engineering, I know what I want to do for a career.”

Change in Student Thinking

Sr. Mary Sue Carwile, Principal

One of the greatest strengths of the LabLearner program is its emphasis on meta-cognitive skills. Saint James students do not just absorb content, but rather think about the process and reflect on their learning at every step of the scientific method. This is in keeping with the program’s Information Processing Model and spiral curriculum that sets out to continually address critical scientific themes across elementary and middle school grades. The depth of material that each unit reaches and the emphasis placed on critical thinking, active instruction, and prior learning, in keeping with the educational philosophy of Saint James and the IHM sisters, make the science curriculum authentic and enriching for all students.

Kathleen Kenney, Teacher

My students enjoy using the LabLearner program because every child can be involved in the construction of the demonstration, recording information, and analyzing the results.  I am happy to see that they are more focused on the science tasks than they had been in past years.  My students ask thoughtful questions in response to what happens during the investigations.  I can see them mentally putting 2 and 2 together while they try to connect each investigation to the last one.  The fact that LabLearner investigations spiral and constantly reinforce concepts with each lesson is great!  It’s like a built in review!  The material is sometimes complicated and presents concepts on a higher level than my students are used to, but the program also lets the children learn the information step-by-step.  They’re not just reading about the scientific principles; they’re witnessing them firsthand.

Jacqueline Edelmann, Teacher

In the first half of our first year with LabLearner, I often heard “what do I need to know for the test?”  Once students came to understand that we were focusing on exploring, experiencing, and proving concepts through hands-on investigation they stopped asking that question.  They haven’t looked back!  Students know that they are expected to think more deeply, to make predictions, to develop and practice their skills of analysis and investigation, and to apply their understanding to real-life situations.  They know how to identify problems and find solutions to those problems. They also know that the more effort they put in, the more they get out of the LabLearner program.
I run lab investigations for preK-3 students up through 8th grade.  Every week I hear from parents of all age children how much their children love Science.  I hear stories of students “turning around” and loving Science because of how they experience it at The Academy of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  While I certainly will take some credit, the majority of the credit must go to LabLearner for the richly engaging program they provide.

Caterina Cuoco, Teacher

Every LabLearner investigation gives the students a better understanding of what is focused on during the hands-on lab as the vocabulary words for each lesson beforehand are a great key in preparation. Each unit allows a good understanding of the main topics covered, which relate to daily life. Evidence has shown the students have scored high in each assessment for every lab lesson, which is based on the visuals, lab results and understanding of each investigation.

Erin Jakowenko, Teacher

LabLearner has been a real game-changer for our students and we couldn’t be happier or more pleased that we brought the program to our school. From day one of the program, it caught our students’ attention. They were focused and driven. They worked together towards a common goal. They became the scientists leading the class and discussions, smoothly performing the labs and continuing with the performance assessments.
I have not seen such a genuine interest in exploring our world as I have with LabLearner. The students are engaged and on task and have begun to think deeper about core concepts and utilize those higher-order thinking skills we so desperately seek as educators. I can honestly say it’s because of the structure of the program and the thorough explanation of concepts that has brought such a depth of knowledge to our students. I am so grateful that I teach in a school that uses the LabLearner program!

Performance Metrics

Devin, Student

My older sister is taking freshman biology, and we are learning about some of the same things in seventh grade. LabLearner makes me feel smart.

Ann DiNovis, Teacher

Two of our 7th graders placed high in a competition called “You be the Chemist.” Most other schools in the area had been preparing for this contest since September, but OMPH only found out about it in January. I credit LabLearner with how well our two 7th grades did in the contest because they are in the lab every week and doing a lot of chemistry. One student came in third and is eligible to go to the state competition at Penn State. The other came in fourth and is the alternate for states.
My middle school students are using lab equipment that was only available to me in high school or college. They are making wet mount slides using cross-sectioning and latitudinal sectioning. They can focus a microscope, and even magnify 1000 times using the oil immersion lens on our compound light microscopes. Because of the program, my students know how to measure. They can use graduated cylinders, rulers, triple beam balances, spring scales. They have a lot of practice graphing, and understand the difference between the dependent and independent variables, and where they belong on a graph.

Mike Ward, Teacher

I have gotten a lot of positive feedback from Nativity students who are/were in high school and have/had a better foundation for the specialized science classes there. I really believe in the value of the program, Students who have gone through LabLearner here tend to do very well in high school. They tell me so.

Brian Palmer, Principal

I have noticed in students writing and presentations outside of science the use of science vocabulary. For example, one student was sharing her story about marshmallows in her hot chocolate. She used the word buoyant to describe her marshmallows. She more than likely would not have used that word in her writing had it not been for the LabLearner curriculum

Jacqueline Edelmann, Teacher

Each year now, I’ve had high school students come back and thank me for the experiences they had with LabLearner in middle school at The Academy of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Each one has told me how much it gave them a leg up for high school science. They know how to use the equipment, proper lab procedures, and best of all, how to think.

Teaching

Stephanie Collins, Teacher

I would like to express my many thanks and overwhelming awe with this program. I have thoroughly enjoyed every aspect, from implementation to daily lessons. You definitely have a winner. I have been teaching for over 27 years and I was surprised how much my students didn’t know.  LabLearner has opened my eyes as well as my students’ eyes. I don’t know how I ever got along teaching without LabLearner.  I LOVE this program!!!

Sheila Korynta, Principal

I have to let you know that our substitute teachers really enjoy coming into the lab to work with their students!! Amazing, huh? The substitute teachers appreciate that I set up the lab materials for them and they can proceed without any concerns. They know that our kids are SO LUCKY to have the LabLearner program here at Midway!!!

Professional Development

Angela Donnelly, Teacher

The LabLearner staff scientists were extremely knowledgeable, professional, friendly and organized.  They explained the program and materials in a way that made it easy to grasp, even on a very hot day in August.

Kelly Wolfe, Principal

The LabLearner Professional Development was very straightforward. They walked us through lessons and had us actually doing labs. They made us feel more confident in teaching this new program. We liked that there is a portal for the parents so they can help their child review. We can actually show them when we meet with them.

Overall

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!

Principal

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.

Student Testimonials

I like pouring and holding.  I like coloring in our lab books.  Isabelle, Kdg.
I like pouring stuff and when we went fishing.  Emily, Kdg.
I like to do the stuff in the books.  Michaela, Kdg.
I like science because we do adding more and subtracting stuff out.   Emily, Kdg.
I like science because I love Mr. Bones!  Katie, Kdg.
I liked using the eye droppers because they were fun sucking up the water.  Cameron, Gr 1
I liked putting the bear on the swing because I liked seeing it fall off.  Riley, Gr 1
I like the skeleton because his bones are cool.  Katie and I like the microscopes because you see small things big.  Marissa, Gr 1
Zooming the bears on Legos without seatbelts was really cool.  TJ, Gr 1
I like learning about the water cycle and I like to use the goggles.  Kelly, Gr 2
I like the lab because we learn about the rocks and the earth.  Antonio, Gr 2
I like the lab because we have a lot of fun.  I like the lab because we all get to hold beakers when we have gravel in them.  I like the lab because it makes me feel like a real scientist.  Sam, Gr 2
I like the lab because it’s fun to see something weigh more than something else.  And it’s fun to see how many drops of water it will take to make it heavier.  Also, it’s exciting to feel and smell the stuff like gravel and rocks and cereal and split peas.  Grace, Gr. 2
I liked watching the light bulb light up!  Billy, Gr 3
It’s fun because you get to explore things you don’t often see.  Erin, Gr 3
I like LabLearner because you get to be with friends and you get to do all sorts of cool experiments.  Nick, Gr. 4
One thing about LabLearner is that we get to do cool experiments and I hope we get to do more and more throughout the year.  Elizabeth, Gr 4
What I like about LabLearner is doing different experiments with my friends.  Patrick, Gr 4
I like being able to measure things on the triple beam balance.  Also, it’s so fun to find out who the “mad scientists” of the week will be!  Jennifer, Gr 4
The science lab is really cool because we get to use simple machines.  Mackenzie, Gr 5
I think the Investigations are sometimes really hard but it is still a very, very, very, x1000 good program.  Also, I love science!  Teresa, Gr 5
I feel good about learning and experiencing in the new science lab.  Francesca, Gr 5
I think the science lab is a terrific way to learn.  Julia, Gr 5
I like the science lab because we get to work with partners and we get o use a lot of cool science stuff.  Paige, Gr 5
We like the science lab because we get to work with lab partners and do different experiments with water, baking soda, vinegar, thermometers, beakers, and lab coats.  Meghan, Gr 5
I like our new science lab because it makes learning more fun!  Brieanna, Gr 5
Did you know that the science lab has lots of materials like corrosive acids and various elements?  Joey, Gr 6
My favorite lab project was in CELL one.  It was when we used chemicals on the unknown substances to see if it will have a chemical reaction.  It was fun and looked cool.  Brendan, Gr 6
LabLearner is fun!  We get to do cool experiments!  Did you know that we see different phases of the moon because of the sun’s reflection?  Shannon, Gr 6
The LabLearner makes me feel smart.  I love to get into my group and discuss the lab.  Francis, Gr 7
It’s fun working in your lab group when everyone gets a chance to do something.  Elizabeth, Gr 7
I think it’s more fun to do hands on stuff than reading from a textbook.  Victoria, Gr 7
It really challenges you and that’s good.  Emily, Gr 7
I think LabLearner challenges us to employ higher thinking that will help us in high school.  Caitlin, Gr 7
It encourages me to love science. Kim, Gr 7
We are in the lab to experiment and to use knowledge.  Victoria, Gr 8
You get to enjoy working in a group and helping each other out.  Erica, Gr 8
We get to feel the things that we learn about there.  It also encourages young kids to learn more about science.  Deanna. Gr 8
I enjoy going to lab because every Monday morning when I remember that it’s pre-lab day, I get excited to learn how and what we are going to discover in the next day’s lab class.  Dan, Gr 8
LabLearner makes me feel like a real scientist. Rather than having answers given to me by a teacher or textbook, my lab partners and I run through experimental procedures using real equipment to collect data. After analyzing the data, we discover the answers to questions. It’s the best way to learn! Sasha, Gr 8