Eleven 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 globally with University Students in Canada, the United States, and Africa to bring hands-on STEM learning to elementary students in low-resourced communities.
The value that STEM Education can have on a young learner reaches far beyond the classroom.
Each lesson is taught by a University student specializing in the topic. For example, a coding lesson is taught by a computer science student.
As students ourselves, we understand the importance of hands-on learning. Our students build rollercoasters, test circuits, create rockets and much more!
We work with the teaching staff and board of education in each country to integrate our programming.
HOW IT WORKS
We work in under-resourced communities and target schools which experience decreased access to funding and other resources. Our lessons and experiments, called modules, are conducted with 1 University student volunteer for every 4 elementary students, allowing for individualized attention and guidance. Modules are created in collaboration with teams of students and educators in each STEM-related field, lending access to University networks and modern learning, without expense to the schools.
In a recent study of START Science programming, students developed 22% higher overall positive attitude toward STEM by the end of the school year compared to a class without START. Over the past decade, we have expanded from our origin form 9 chapters around the world, serving more than 100 schools at multiple grade levels.
Student and Volunteer Testimonials
You could have fun but at the same time you are gaining a lot of knowledge by just doing, more than just reading out of a textbook!
It made a big difference, because we got all the focus from one person, rather than our teacher having to walk around the room telling us exactly what to do.
ZENY GATDULE, 5TH GRADE