WHO WE ARE
Every child deserves the opportunity to dream and feel inspired. Ten years ago, two University students recognized a lack of core STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) within Elementary Schools in the heart of New York. Together, they founded START (Students, Teachers, and Researchers Teach) Science. Today, START Science has expanded worldwide, partnering with University Students in Canada, the United States, and Africa (Zimbabwe, Zambia, Uganda) to bring hands-on Science learning to elementary students in low socioeconomic areas. The power of education and mentorship transforms lives when youth are equipped with the skills needed to thrive in the 21st century.
 

HOW IT WORKS

We partner with University Students to teach in local elementary schools, at no expense to the schools. The activities are conducted with a “START Leader” for every 3-4 students, allowing for individualized attention and guidance. The modules are created with teams of University students in each STEM related field, lending access to University networks and modern learning. In a recent study on START Science, students enrolled showed 22% higher overall positive attitudes toward STEM than a class without START.  Over the past decade, we have expanded from our start at Yeshiva University to form 8 additional chapters around the world, serving more than 40 schools at multiple grade levels.
OUR IMPACT

START curriculum for each class is designed according to the needs of the children being taught, empowering local students by working with them to implement programming. We work with the teachers of the classes, the principals of the schools, and with the Board of Education material to integrate the START curriculum with the already established curriculum.

Beyond the Textbook: we develop the intuition behind scientific principles taught. Favourite modules include building roller coasters to demonstrate conversion of mechanical energy, swabbing cells cheek cells to visualize DNA, building gumdrop and toothpick bridges to test mechanical strength, and constructing circuits to learn about the flow of electricity.

The high ratio of START Volunteers to students encourages participation in the activities and discuss the scientific content with college-age scientists.  Modules are created collaboratively from University Students studying the relevant topics at the Undergraduate level, sharing enthusiasm for their studies, with training from University-Level Teaching Professionals.

"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together"

Vincent van Gogh

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