*LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION*
K -12 Schools
A REVIEW OF HISTORICAL LITERATURE
WHY INFORMAL SCIENCE EDUCATION ?
APS NEWS ARTICLE
MEETING STEPHEN HAWKING
NY TIMES STORY re: An Elegant Solution
AND MATH TRICKS*
BIRTHDAY CARD TRICK
LINKS OF INTEREST
Why an Informal Science/Math Intervention for Schools?
- Many people, both young and old, exhibit a lack of
- U.S. students generally perform poorly in
the sciences and mathematics compared to students in other nations.
a scientific/mathematical literacy, citizenry can not make informed
decisions about policies that are important to their well being such as
health issues, gene modified organisms, nuclear power plants,
levels of pollutants allowed by governmental rulings, etc. This lack of literacy can allow special
interest groups to make the decisions for the population that are
detrimental to the entire city as well as certain sub-populations within
literacy offers a way to improve one’s way in life in concrete ways in the
everyday world. This includes
enhanced decision making capabilities about personal health, fiscal
transactions, family issues and employment/career possibilities
scientifically and mathematically literate population is more likely to be
productive in economic spheres of the city and in local community
learning, which includes inquiry based, hands-on constructivism and
contextualization of science and math, has been shown to be effective as
an intervention, giving the participants a higher degree of scientific
literacy than they previously possessed.
science education interventions which are predominantly experiential are
generally to be found outside of the normal school day and/or school
location. These outside venues
include museums, libraries, community centers, movie theatres and even playgrounds.
constraints of public schools make it difficult to include constructivist,
experiential learning in the day-to-day curriculum that would help raise
scientific/mathematical literacy for all.
well-planned informal science intervention that will include experiential
learning, inquiry based, hands-on constructivism, in partnership with
public school science education, is a method that can work to improve
students’ scientific and mathematical literacy.