There’s a transformation occurring in American schools that puts the spotlight on STEAM — science, technology, engineering, the arts and math. New science standards are paving the way for students to think deeply and prepare to become the innovators and leaders who solve the problems of tomorrow.
The question for curriculum and educational product developers is this: How can we best support educators and students as they meet the rigorous demands of today’s classrooms?
The answer: Provide student-driven, hands-on experiences that engage learners to ask questions, develop explanations and design solutions.
A five-year study by the Smithsonian Science Education Center demonstrates that inquiry-based, hands-on learning improves student achievement in science, reading and math. Additionally, this approach to teaching and learning narrows the gap for at-risk students, such as English-language learners and economically disadvantaged students.
It’s vital to support teachers and students in today’s STEAM-focused schools. Providing hands-on experiences assists teachers as they address these new standards and engages students in learning. With the right resources, both teachers and students can succeed.
David Heller, Director, Curriculum Products and Development, Carolina Biological Supply Company, [email protected]