VERNON HILLS, Illinois – May 22, 2018 – hand2mind today announced STEM in Action, STEM at Play and STEM Bins are the first supplemental programs to earn the STEM Approved “Trustmark” from STEM.org™. More than 4,500 schools, districts, organizations, corporate clients, NGOs and government agencies around the world turn to STEM.org for everything they need to build and maintain sustainable, preK-16 STEM programs.
According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in occupations related to STEM—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—is projected to grow to more than 9 million between 2012 and 2022. That's an increase of about 1 million jobs over 2012 employment levels.
“With the anticipated explosive growth in STEM careers, it is critical we ensure that even the youngest learners begin to develop the skills and thinking abilities to excel in those subjects,” said Andrew B. Raupp, founder and executive director, STEM.org. “The hands-on learning activities in hand2mind’s STEM kits will put students on the path to exploring and pursuing STEM learning opportunities and careers.”
Recently certified by Change the Equation’s STEMworks, an honor roll of STEM programs that meet high standards for quality and impact, STEM in Action seamlessly integrate STEM skills into lessons using real-world problems. Modules focus on the Engineering Design Process, a critical component of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), state standards and national initiatives. The materials are teacher-friendly and provide flexibility for use in centers, classrooms, STEM labs, STEM camps, afterschool programs and summer school. Twenty-seven STEM in Action modules cover the major science genres: life, earth and physical, and range from preK through middle school.
New in 2018, STEM Bins by Brooke Brown is a creative and developmentally appropriate form of learning engineering skills for students in grades K-5. STEM Bins encourages students to explore engineering concepts in their own ways. The open-ended, hands-on activities align with NGSS and state standards.
Designed for students in grades 3-12, STEM at Play brings science concepts to life through hands-on activities and experiments that spark interest, inspire confidence and prompt creative critical-thinking skills. STEM at Play kits provide materials to support scholastic goals while keeping at-home learning fun. Lab kits cover slime making, chemistry, rocket science, volcanoes and fossils, candy making, water science, combustion science, and soap making.
“Our team works closely with educators to learn about the unique challenges they face when implementing hands-on STEM education in the classroom,” said Bill Chiasson, president, hand2mind. ”Our range of STEM solutions were created to engage students, from preK to middle school, in a fun and exciting way that may start them on the road to pursuing a career in a STEM-related field. We are pleased to earn STEM.org’s seal of approval for our innovative STEM products.”
About STEM.org STEM.org’s
mission is to make quality STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education accessible to all. For more than 15 years, STEM.org has been at the forefront of the global, Pre-K – 12th grade STEM education movement.Through an extensive collaborative effort, STEM.org has worked closely with pedagogical researchers, a community of teachers, administrators, and schools to establish a respected set of benchmarks. The resources and proven best-practices of this community have led to the world’s first and most recognized STEM credentialing framework
hand2mind believes that children learn by doing. The company’s mission is to champion learning by doing. A privately held company with more than 50 years of experience in education, hand2mind’s hands-on learning solutions for math, science, STEM and literacy are unique in the marketplace—covering manipulatives, lessons, teacher/parent support materials and more. hand2mind is always on the lookout for new ways to tap into students’ natural curiosity and spark an interactive learning process. For more information visit http://www.hand2mind.com.