Hands-On Science Helps Kids Learn More
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
"Elementary school students learn science best when...they
are involved in first-hand exploration and investigation and inquiry/process
skills are nurtured."
Middle school "science concepts must be presented in an age-appropriate, engaging
way so that students can build on their prior knowledge and attain the necessary
background to participate successfully and responsibly in our highly scientific
and technological society."
"[Science teachers should] nurture curiosity about the natural world and include
'hands-on, minds-on' inquiry-based science instruction. [They should]
engage students in laboratory investigations a minimum of 80 percent of
the science instruction time."
A Commitment to Improving U.S. Achievement in STEM Education
"...Our nation's students aren't learning at a rate that will maintain America's
role as an international leader in the sciences. When
only 1 or 2 percent of children score at the advanced levels on NAEP, the next generation
will not be ready to be world-class inventors, doctors, and engineers.
"President Obama is committed to improving achievement in science, technology, engineering,
and mathematics (STEM). He has made a call for all hands on deck to parents, teachers,
administrators, academics, local leaders, and the private sector to work together
to advance science and mathematics education, and has set a goal to recruit 10,000
new science and mathematics teachers over the next two years. Our nation's long-term
economic prosperity depends on providing a world-class education to all students,
especially in mathematics and science."
Public Opinion Survey Emphasizes Need for Hands-On Science Education
Californians believe that science education should be a priority for the state's
schools and want it to be taught early and more often, according to new public opinion
research released today by the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning. Californians
believe that science education is key to the future of the state. Three quarters
say science should be a higher priority for California
schools because it keeps both America and California at the forefront of technology