The Jenifer Technology Lab (also known as a smartlab) was purchased in the summer of 1998 through Creative Learning Systems.  The Lewiston School District purchased a smartlab for Jenifer Junior High School, Sacajawea Junior High School, and the Tammany Alternative High School through a grant from the Albertsons Foundation.  The Jenifer technology lab is comprised of 18 different stations, which are clustered into 6 islands (3 stations at each island).  Both computer applications and hands-on construction activities are utilized to teach students about the ever-changing technology in our world.  About two-thirds of the projects in the technology lab are computer-based and about one-third focus on non-computer activities. The various computer applications in the lab include topics in word processing, spreadsheet creation, bitmap graphic design, animation, multimedia electronic presentations, vector graphic design, digital photography, flight simulation, video editing, sound engineering, voice recognition, home architecture design, CADD, small business design, programming, web page design, and much more.  The hands-on construction activities make use of kits such as LEGO, Capsela, Fischertechnik, Mindstorms, Robotix, K'Nex, Electronic Snap, and various other kits that teach students about concepts in engineering, electronics, mechanics, and PET (Power-Energy-Transportation).

For 9th grade students, pairs of students rotate through 12 stations throughout the course of one semester where each rotation spans the length of 7 days.  The length of each rotation for 7th and 8th grade students is 9 days.  Students are encouraged to work in groups of two, but are given the choice to work by themselves.  If students choose to work with a partner, they are required to work with a "pilot/co-pilot" relationship where duties are shared equally.  The "pilot" is responsible for operating the computer or apparatus at the station.  The "co-pilot" is responsible for reading the instructions for the station out loud to the "pilot" and telling them what to do.  Successful cooperative learning is emphasized to help students prepare for future workplace conditions.

Students learn through self-discovery in the technology lab at Jenifer.  This basically means the students are their own teacher.  Each station in the smartlab has a set of instructions, called a TLM (Trans-tech Learning Media), for students to follow.  Students are encouraged to solve their own problems with their partner and use their instructor as their last source for solutions.

The focus in the technology lab is on learning as much as possible at each station.  Success in the smartlab is not defined by high grades - it's defined by getting the most out of each station and learning as much as possible.  This class is designed to help students begin thinking about their future and what they want to do later in life.  One of the goals of our program is to give students a broad exposure to the many different types of technology.  This allows students to learn about as many different types of technology as possible in one semester.  At the end of each semester, most students have discovered a new interest or talent that they want to pursue more in-depth at the high school.

Technology is a required class for high school students in the Lewiston School District.  As a result, most 9th graders at Jenifer enroll in a one-semester class of Technology in the 9th grade.  7th and 8th grade students can choose to enroll in Technology as one of their Elective classes.  7th and 8th grade students are only allowed to enroll in Technology for one semester in either 7th or 8th grade.  Students who have taken Technology in 7th or 8th grade and who show an aptitude for Technology have the opportunity to be placed into the advanced section of Technology in the 9th grade.

Students are expected to follow specific rules that govern the Jenifer Technology Lab.  These include:
- Using the equipment with special care
- Not bringing outside storage devices (CDs, DVDs, thumb drives)
- Not bringing electronic devices (MP3 players, music, cell phones)
- Asking first before printing
- Not using the Internet for entertainment purposes (games, videos, etc.)
- Not changing computer settings (screen saver, desktop image, etc.)
- Not plugging/unplugging computer cables
- Not spinning or moving in the computer chairs
- Always bringing a pencil or pen to class
- Not bringing backpacks into the lab
- Staying in their seats at all times
- Remaining quiet and attentive while the instructor is talking

Students are expected to complete a self-starter each day in class.  Self-starter topics include questions on lab procedures, technology terminology (followed by a vocabulary quiz), and career awareness where students learn how activities at each station in the technology lab relate to specific professions.  At the end of each rotation, students are graded and assessed on knowledge gained at each station as well as projects completed.  For rotations 1-3, students are given an "oral quiz" where they are asked to perform various tasks at their station.  For rotations 4-6, students are assessed on completed projects.  For rotations 7-9, students are required to create a two-page document that outlines what they learned at their station and the steps they took to complete projects.  Finally, for rotations 10-12, students create a PowerPoint slide show that shows completed projects from their station and present it to the class using the Smart Board.

The Jenifer Technology Lab opens at 7:30 am Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  The lab remains open after school from 3:00 - 4:00 pm Monday - Friday.  Classes run daily in the lab from 8:20 am - 2:56 pm.  Please email Mr. Feucht (the instructor) if you have any questions about the Jenifer Technology Lab.