What We Do
SySTEMic Innovations incorporates the five essential components of science education reform, as defined by the National Sciences Resources Center (NSRC).
Science curriculum modules are National Science Foundation-supported, research-based, inquiry-centered; and aligned with national, state and local science curriculum standards.
We deliver a continuum of instructional learning experiences focused on STEM content, pedagogy, best practices and leadership that support teachers in the transition from an environment of teacher-centered instruction to student-directed learning and authentic problem-solving.
Centralized Materials Support
Materials management is a key element that often makes or breaks a school’s success in implementing a hands-on, materials-based program. SySTEMic Innovations provides teachers with ready-to-use instructional materials.
SySTEMic Innovations supports two types of assessment: formative and summative. Formative assessment is an essential component of classroom work in which teachers assess for student understanding during the learning process and adapt instruction to meet student needs. The program’s summative assessment service includes teacher and student pre- and post-assessments, measuring changes in content knowledge, and behaviors and attitudes related to science instruction and learning.
The development of productive partnerships with stakeholders interested in STEM education – schools, corporations, civic organizations, foundations, academic institutions and legislators – is key to developing a shared vision of effective STEM learning and teaching and an understanding of the system required to support this vision.
Why We Do It
The need to provide children with opportunities to develop critical thinking skills – the ability to find and apply information successfully – is important now, more than ever. In addition to improved academic performance, children equipped with these critical thinking skills become informed citizens, capable of making good decisions on important social, political and economic issues; they become innovative employees with new insights, novel approaches, and new ways of understanding. It is a skill that all children need to be competitive in the 21st century workplace. Instead of memorizing facts, we must help children learn to formulate the right questions, assess possible answers, judge the credibility of information and sources, and make solid judgments based on the evidence.
Critical thinking and a quality STEM education go hand-in-hand. Each:
- raises vital questions and problems, formulating them clearly and precisely;
- gathers and assesses relevant information, using abstract ideas to interpret it effectively;
- comes to well-reasoned conclusions and solutions, testing them against relevant criteria and standards;
- thinks open-mindedly within alternative systems of thought, recognizing and assessing, as need be, their assumptions, implications, and practical consequences; and
- communicates effectively with others in figuring out solutions to complex problems.