"As an engineering and design firm in Huntingdon, PA, it has become increasingly difficult to find local career applicants with the high tech skills necessary to fulfill our current requirements. Science-In-Motion, as operated at Juniata College, has made a significant impact in creating student interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math as a course of further study and as a career path. We are proud to support Science in Motion in their valuable work."
-- Lynn Conaway, Sales & Marketing Manager, John R. Wald Co.
Science In Motion (SIM) brought excellent hands-on, inquiry-based science experiences to many thousands of students in Pennsylvania in 2013, and these students tend to outperform their peers in standard tests of science. With enough support, SIM's visiting educators could make 58,000 visits to classrooms next year, and even more in in following years.
This support includes:
SIM aims to reduce costs through its shared-resources partnerships between public and private secondary schools and higher education. Schools have access to multiple sets of equipment that they could otherwise never afford. The host colleges and universities provide administrative support to the program, laboratory space for preparation of experiments, access to chemical ordering, safety equipment, and disposal services. In return, SIM provides its partner higher education institutions with undergraduate and graduate work opportunities for post-secondary students and teaching opportunities for students who are studying education. These symbiotic relationships between secondary- and higher-education institutions aim to improve the education of students at both levels.
SIM offers a very cost-effective way of getting hands-on science into schools. One university can support one subject area, such as Chemistry, in at least 10 schools for $200,000 a year--roughly $600,000 less than what it would cost if each school independently purchased SIM resources and services. Unfortunately, deep cuts in state funding for SIM have forced the program to contract in recent years, despite its strong track record of success in Pennsylvania schools.Funders and Partners
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (funder) and the Pennsylvania Department of Education (partner)
The programs in this database clear a high bar. STEMworks reviewed each program against CTEq's Design Principles for Effective STEM Philanthropy.
Identify and target a compelling and well-defined need.
Use rigorous evaluation to continuously measure and inform progress towards the compelling need identified.
Ensure work is sustainable.
Demonstrate replicability and scalability.
Create high impact partnerships
Ensure organizational capacity to achieve goals.
Offer challenging and relevant STEM content for the target audience
Incorporate and encourage STEM practices.
Inspire interest and engagement in STEM.
Identify and address the needs of under-represented groups.