S2S addresses the national STEM crisis by bringing STEM education and 21st century skill development to students in elementary through high school. We have created innovative, hands-on STEM education experiences, complete with state-of-the-art laboratories and professional scientists, which allow students to perform age-appropriate, rigorous science experiments to resolve relevant, contemporary problems. The trajectory is designed to start STEM education early by building on skills from elementary school and continuing through high school. Our programs also provide students with coaching and mentoring – all students work alongside successful scientists and technical entrepreneurs, many with PhDs.
Recent research funded by the National Science Foundation identifies the best practices to increase students’ interest in STEM subjects:
- Relate science to students’ daily lives
- Employ hands-on tasks and group activities
- Use authentic learning activities
- Incorporate novelty and student decision-making into classroom lessons
- Ensure that STEM curricula focus on the most important topics in each discipline
(Source: STEM Smart Brief. Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education, Education Development Center, Inc.)
These best practices correlate closely to the goals set by S2S in designing our programs, which are based on the Next Generation Science Standards:
- Emphasis on hands-on activities and project-based learning
- Interaction with professionals from the private sector and exposure to workforce readiness skills
- Use of programs that are research- and evidence-based
- Employment of programs that are rigorous and consistent with college and career readiness
- Adherence to the goal of preparing students for success in the 21st century global economy
For more information on Next Generation Science Standards, please click here: http://www.nextgenscience.org/
Students 2 Science (S2S) is a model program
and is unique in its’ offering and in its’ ability to bring increased collaboration between the public and private sectors. Our students in New Jersey benefit greatly from their S2S experience and are inspired by the opportunity it provides. I am so proud of this unique New Jersey offering. And congratulate those who make it happen.”
Debbie Hart, President & CEO, BioNJ
In our ISAAC (Improving Student Affinity and Aptitude for Careers in STEM) program, middle and high school students have the opportunity to participate in multiple visits to the S2S Technology Center to maximize impact and develop practical skills. Middle school students receive nearly 20 hours of skills development – the program is designed to create excitement in the students as they work in an authentic laboratory environment, are provided with a clear vision of a great career opportunity, and inspired to pursue STEM in high school. High School students are engaged in highly technical one-day experiences that present them with real-world problems and encourage them to find solutions. The laboratory experience and interaction with professional scientists present them with career alternatives and make their earning potential clear, so students continue on the path to higher education and careers in STEM fields.
90% of high school students surveyed expressed interest in STEM. Our objective is to make career alternatives and their earning potential clear, so students continue on the path to receive STEM certificates and post-secondary degrees in STEM fields.
S2S’s ISAAC (Improving Student Affinity and Aptitude for Careers in STEM) program inspires, motivates, and educates middle school students to pursue STEM in high school and learn through career exploration and project-based learning.
Our Virtual Laboratory (V-Lab) program is designed to eliminate the geographic and language constraints of the ISAAC program, broadening our reach to serve a wider audience. S2S is no longer limited to those students, teachers, and volunteers who reside within commuting distance of our Technology Center in East Hanover, NJ. V-Lab gives us the means to expand our services nationally and globally, and to significantly impact the lives of tens of thousands more students. S2S continues to demonstrate what is possible by making these offerings available to all students, including children with special needs.
Our Teacher Professional Development services provide teachers with opportunities to observe and/or serve as Assistant Instructors in the ISAAC program. Just one day at the laboratory can serve as 6 hours towards professional development for the year. Students 2 Science (S2S) programs demonstrate Next Generation Science Standards (listed below) and promote problem- and project-based learning, providing teachers with increased confidence and technical assistance. Going forward, our strategic plan involves the implementation of a Teacher Professional Development Boot Camp program during the 2017 – 2018 academic years.More Information on Our Programs
S2S’s Virtual Laboratory (V-Lab) program is designed to meet our ISAAC objectives, while shifting needed support to educators by providing professional development and technical assistance to elementary, middle and high school teachers.