At SciTech Kids, we turn the idea of teaching science on its head. Kids learn science and scientific concepts by “doing science” that is connected to their everyday life, rather than watching someone else do it.
Our approach is Inquiry-based
SciTech Kids empower children of all ages to ask questions, observe, hypothesize, experiment, test, and reflect. A SciTech Kid will ask, “How does the heart work?”, “What is composting?”, "Do red blood cells have a nucleus?" or “How does that roller coaster go so fast?” The kids’ questions and ideas are at the center of the learning experience. And our expert instructors are equipped to answer their questions.
The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” – Albert Einstein
Our approach is Project-based
In each SciTech Kids class, children participate in a fun, hands-on activity that centers on experimenting, tinkering, designing, or innovating. The activity requires kids to think critically and solve problems by working individually and collaborating with their peers.
We reinforce the science content through videos, mobile devices, gadgets, apps, interactive games, digital media, field trips, science experts, and collaborations in real time with kids around the world.
Students are also taught to collect and record data, plan investigations, and make scientific predictions. In addition to writing about their observations and results in a journal, kids are encouraged to communicate through drawing, charts, graphs, and 3-D models.
Our approach is Integrated
Since our children’s questions cross disciplinary boundaries, SciTech draws upon math, history, geography, music, and language arts, to provide a deeper and comprehensive understanding of science. Our curriculum also integrates these disciplines to help children achieve scientific literacy—the ability to speak more knowledgeably about scientific issues that impact our rapidly changing world.
Science in Action
Learn by Doing
At SciTech Kids, we rethink how to teach science. We do not inundate children with facts that they have to memorize; we do science. Kids assemble a compost bin, conduct experiments, grow ant farms and butterfly gardens, see how the body works, make kaleidoscopes, learn and experience amusement park science, use microscopes to observe microorganisms, classify dinosaurs through games, identify ecosystems, explore space and earth science, bird watch in Central Park, and much more.
Learn by Making
Children also become makers of things. Making and tinkering are ways to engage kids in learning science and technology. Children get to build rockets, circuits, gears, miniature roller coasters and sailboats, wind turbines, hydrogen fuel cell cars, and take them apart. Students have a blast assembling and reconfiguring parts to build age-appropriate robots while learning lessons in engineering, math, and science. Once kids get a taste at making something themselves, they take pride in their newfound skills.
Learn by Discovery
Kids see the applications of science in the world around them we when they are introduced to scientists, innovators, and inventors, whose technology is changing the world. Our students get excited when they can apply science knowledge to their understanding of novel situations, cutting-edge technologies, eco-friendly gadgets, and next-gen innovations that are thrust in the spotlight. For example, kids are amazed when they discover that kicking an eco-friendly soccer ball can generate enough energy to power an LED lamp. Who knew that playing could be so productive?