Why STEM?

The Problem: Students are falling behind in science and technology.

  • Students do not connect science with their everyday lives.
  • Students are turned off by textbook-only approaches to science.
  • Teachers are uncomfortable presenting hands-on science, especially at the elementary school level.
  • Science instruction gets squeezed out when state mandates force schools to emphasize other subjects.
  • Many schools lack the resources and equipment to teach science effectively.

How is this affecting you?

  • High school students are dropping out of science in record numbers.
  • The majority of college students now must take remedial math as freshmen.
  • Universities are awarding fewer technical degrees to U.S. citizens, making it difficult for many companies to hire the skilled people they need.
  • Many high school and college graduates are not prepared for the technical work force.
  • When students miss out on science and math, they lose these opportunities to develop skills in logic and analysis – abilities that are imperative for the workplace and our society.
  • America’s loss of future scientists will impact our standard of living.

The Science & Discovery Center solution:

  • Deliver engaging hands-on science programs to the classroom, taught by Science & Discovery Center’s outstanding professional educators.
  • Help students see the connection between science and everyday life.
  • Provide continuing education for classroom teachers to help K-12 students meet state standards.
  • Deliver programs with proven models: mobile science lab, science modules, science show, family science events, summer camps and teacher workshops.
  • Evaluate programs continually to ensure high standards of excellence.

Why we need your help:

  • Schools cannot afford to pay the full cost of our programs.
  • Sources of public and private funds are diminishing, and competition for every dollar is constantly increasing.
  • Demand for our services is high and growing. We can meet the demand only if we have sufficient funding.
  • Science is expensive. Engaging students in real science experiences requires equipment, supplies and expertise.
  • Your investment will advance the knowledge of local students who may become your employees.

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