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Science Education has been listed as a national priority, but teachers and school districts are finding it increasingly difficult to meet the needs of their students not only due to lack of  funding, but also because of family support. Parents are reluctant to become involved in science education and are least comfortable discussing science with their kids. A recent survey conducted by NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. shows that  only 51% of the parents surveyed  say they are “very familiar” with what their children are learning in science and only 15% cited it as the subject they feel “most comfortable discussing with their children (NSTA Pressroom). At the elementary school level, this sentiment is also expressed by many classroom teachers.

According to the NSTA Official Position on Elementary School Science, in the past decade, numerous reports for education reform have highlighted the importance of early experiences in science to help develop problem-solving skills that empower students to participate and compete in an increasingly scientific and technological world. 

Our goal is to bridge the gap and provide families with the opportunity to experience practical science content that will cross curriculum and allow for more science instruction. According to NSTA, students value science best when teachers are able to model inquiry skills with confidence and a positive attitude. A basic component of the elementary school curriculum must be appropriate teacher preparation and professional development. It is our understanding that teachers receive limited professional development time with science curricula, therefore creating more apprehension and anxiety about teaching a subject area that they are least comfortable with.

Discover Science 4 Kids, LLC sees a need for supplemental instruction with both educators and families. Case studies of successful science curriculum illustrate the need for extended professional development for teachers and support from parents and families.
Our main objective is to inspire children and allow them the opportunity to succeed in science throughout their academic careers. Through our plan, students will learn problem-solving skills, be able to build conceptual themes and foster positive attitudes towards self, society and science, while participating in an inquiry-based curriculum that offers fun, engaging and educational opportunities. It is also our goal to produce a format, where teachers can develop a professional learning community and parents can participate in the educational process.

 

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