Local Kids Testing Immersive Science Education Program at LSC

A new kind of science experiment is going on at the Liberty Science Center (LSC) and it could impact local kids’ performance in the classroom.

This school year, the Jersey City Public Schools will be working with LSC in the pilot of an elementary school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiative.

Every Friday or 29 weeks, 50 third graders will go to LSC for a half-day of immersive science instruction that will include hands-on lab workshops.

Also, teachers and educational aides will work each week with LSC’s professional development team to seamlessly integrate the students’ experiences in the workshops with what is presented in the classroom.

LSC president Paul Hoffman sees great potential for the program. “If we can get the informal-formal instructional model right, we have the potential to improve the education of many thousands of students right here in our community,” he says.

Local education officials agree. “This partnership is significant because it provides third graders high levels of STEM instruction through a curriculum that is rigorous and hands-on. Working more closely with Liberty Science Center will allow us to engage younger children in STEM in a sustained and in-depth way,” said superintendent Marcia Lyles in a statement.

Officials are hoping that the participating students will be able to perform better on district assessments and on the state’s science assessment next year when they reach grade 4.

Summer Dawn Hortillosa

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