BELOIT—Perhaps the greatest lesson in Garden Prairie Intermediate School’s new science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) lab is learning the trial and error method. Students run into problems, and learn how to solve them. It helps them in life and when dealing with gadgets.

“It allows students to design and be creative on their own. It’s OK to make mistakes. So many kids come to a problem and they give up,” said library/media specialist and teacher Lisabeth Langer. “Every single job these kiddos have will involve some type of technology and they can’t be afraid of it.”