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SMARTLab technology advances students at Clovis Middle Schools

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Clovis, NM - Students are taking hands-on learning to a new level in Clovis.

More and more students are showing an interest in the SMARTLab classes at Clovis middle schools.

The elective class allows kids to learn at their own pace as they study math, science, technology and engineering.

"We have robotics, there is timeliner...where they research a topic and create a timeline about it, and PowerPoint so they learn how to do presentations, they've got laser communications, fischertechniks and simple machines," said Amanda Johnson who is a SMARTLab Teacher at Marshall Middle School.

In addition to SmartLab Technology, students can also take a class in Marshall TV or MTV and learn about broadcast news first hand.

"We basically make videos and we stream them for everyone in the school to learn about the morning announcements, what we're having for lunch and any dances that are coming up and sports games as well," Ethan Hill who is an 8th Grader at Marshall Middle School said.

"I think I learned mostly how to use this stuff if I ever wanted to get a job in news broadcasting, I learned a lot how to use it, how to do it," said Austin Hodges who is also an 8th Grader at Marshall Middle School.

And that is what Marshall Middle School Principal Jay Brady hopes these SMARTLabs will do for his students.

He hopes these labs will steer them to possible career opportunities.

"Kids should be exploring career pathways and elective choices that they can see up in the future at the high school, there is a strong connection to what kids can learn here and then take to the high school as they look at career pathways they can pursue there," Marshall Middle School Principal Jay Brady said.

And because the class is self-paced and produces a physical product at the end, Brady says it helps to engage students.

"Kids in middle school need hooks and his class hooks kids and keeps them tied into learning," said Brady. "It's a real motivator for kids to come to school and do well."