Science is a SCARY subject for most homeschool families. Let’s face the facts:
- Some parents feel unable to teach science.
- Most homeschool programs are very light on hands-on science.
- Many Christian parents feel that we need to raise up scientists who are ready to make the big breakthroughs of the future. (Many scientists of the past derived scientific ideas from Bible passages, including Matthew Maury and Christopher Columbus.)
- Science education is the key to many careers, including traditional fields like nursing and engineering. Also, science education is the key to brand new careers that are made possible by 3-D printing.
- Even if the parents are qualified to teach science, they don’t have access to all the short-term use science equipment that is really needed in order to teach hands-on science. (Let’s get real: Not many students want to see the microscope slide of the cross-section of the mealworm more than once during their education! For this one moment we must buy it and store it for years???)
Because of this strategic need in our community, we are really focusing on hands-on science education.
Hands-on science requires a lot of things to touch and do, along the road to learning. So addressing this need for hands-on science means addressing the need for specific science EQUIPMENT. It’s more than just a microscope and a test tube (although those are essential) — it’s also the molecule building sets and rodent skulls for comparative study, and the puzzles that help students learn the parts of the brain as well as the pulleys and levers that let students discover first-hand. Hands-on science means observing MANY different things that God put here on our earth!
NEXT Education has formed a strategic partnership with a brand new homeschool resource center in State College, Pennsylvania. This center is stocked with thousands of dollars of items that homeschoolers can use to enhance their educational quality. This resource center will be like a hands-on science library for us, allowing us to spend very little money as we start up, but allowing us to have a TOP quality science program from day one.
Have you ever wanted to see an actual example (a little dustier and more real-looking) of every rock and mineral in the “book of pretty rock pictures?” Have you ever wanted to touch a sand dollar or a piece of real coral? And now here’s one that you wouldn’t have known to dream about: How about pretending you are an eel as you and your friends look at a model of a coral reef? Yes, there’s a hand puppet that lets you become the eel in this terrific hands-on exhibit. (Is that an example of “hands-on,” or do we have to call the eel hand puppet “hands-in?”) These examples are only a few of the items in this amazing collection.
This strategic partnership will take hands-on science to a level that no individual family could ever afford. It’s almost like having a science museum ON SITE, custom tailored to the content of each class.
In addition, we have identified a fabulous line of high-content, incredibly fun text books for middle school science education. These materials go hand-in-hand with the hands-on science resources we will be offering. Here is a link to this amazing line of products: