What is The LAUNCHPAD?



What is The LAUNCHPAD you ask?

The LAUNCHPAD is T.B.D.'s "S.T.E.A.M." Lab. STEAM is the acronym for ScienceTechnologyEngineeringArt, and Math. In The LAUNCHPAD we have a little bit of everything! Students will experience many design challenges that bolster their engineering know-how. Math skills and science principles are woven throughout the content. In addition, each grade level will be immersed in specific science units, determined by and coordinated with their classroom teachers. We also have time during the year for some CODING and simple ROBOTICS. "Art" is easy to integrate in all areas as the children are constantly creating! 

The OVERALL goal with all of the content taught in The LAUNCHPAD is to develop 21st Century Skills.

What are they?

21st Century skills are 12 abilities that today’s students need to succeed in their careers during the Information Age.

21st Century skills are: 

  1. Critical thinking
  2. Creativity
  3. Collaboration
  4. Communication
  5. Information literacy
  6. Media literacy
  7. Technology Literacy
  8. Flexibility
  9. Leadership
  10. Initiative
  11. Productivity
  12. Social Skills

Please click below to hear more about each of these skills:

21st Century Skills Explained


Of course these skills are developed and applied across all educational settings. However, the activities planned for and implemented in The LAUNCHPAD dramatically enhance the development of these skills!

I invite you to join my INSTAGRAM account, #tbdlaunchpadrocks, so you can view our students in action. Not only will you see what the children are learning and experiencing, but you will get a true sense of how these 21st Century Skills play into the lessons, and the PURE JOY and ENERGY that these opportunities present!

THANK YOU for taking the time to learn all about The LAUNCHPAD 
and your child's education!


If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at gambuti@nvnet.org.