Most kids absolutely love science when it is hands-on and fun. Unfortunately, the problem is that most never have that opportunity. And, most kids can’t name a famous scientist from the past 50 years. Can you name 5 or 10? This year over 65% of all students in the United States in grades 4, 8 and 10 will fail science. In urban areas the failure rate is about 90%. We have the solution.
For the past 20 years we have brought hands-on science fun to more children than any other source in America. We make things fly, explode and bubble all day long. We are a public charity located just north of Boston and have worked hands-on with over 1.2 million K-8 students, teachers and parents throughout New England and New York. We also have created a worldwide network of Top Secret Science Licensees and to date have worked with over 40 million children.
What we do differently than any other science organization in the country is that kids make and take home most of the experiments which allows them to bring the memory and materials of their exciting science experience to share with their families long term. I have personally worked at over 2,000 schools and as a non-profit it is our mission to help children realize the opportunities and offerings in science while increasing their levels of science knowledge, attitude and skill.
Every day we work with students in grades K-3 and ask them what science means to them and if they can name any scientists besides Albert Einstein. No matter what type of school district they are in very few can answer these questions. America is failing in science education and yet it will provide many of the best future opportunities for our children. Kids need to realize that there are tens of millions of scientists all building, creating and inventing a multitude of products and services that dramatically increase the quality of our lives.
Many kids are very familiar with trading cards especially sports like baseball. Many can name the starting lineups of their favorite teams. Baseball is a great sport but it is only a very small part of a few children’s lives. Wouldn’t it be better to admire and inspire to people that make our lives richer, fuller and better?