Science is best learned through experience. To that end, we organize our students into small groups and provide each group with a trained volunteer. Our volunteers introduce fun and relevant experiments which spark and maintain students’ interest.
Most of our experiments are hands-on, requiring very little instruction. Guided questioning is the best teacher of all, helping students to develop critical thinking skills. Each volunteer acts as a facilitator, making observations, asking questions, and guiding the students’ thought process.
We strive for a ratio of 1 volunteer to 6 students. Keeping groups small allows our volunteers the opportunity to have meaningful discussions and personal interactions with each student. Volunteers stay with their students as they matriculate through our program, resulting in close mentor relationships which keep students engaged and motivated.