It’s About Time® is unique because all our curricula are based on the latest research from the cognitive and learning sciences on how people learn. These programs have been mostly funded through National Science Foundation support and are produced through the rigorous, iterative, research-based cycles established by the NSF development process.
Students actively engage in science and engineering practices and mathematical reasoning to deepen their understanding of core ideas. Students work together to define problems, conduct investigations, make models, use computational thinking, write explanations, and discuss and present findings.
Research shows that the project-based approach promotes excitement as well as a deep and meaningful learning for ALL students. Students using our curricula take part in learning experiences framed around answering questions, addressing challenges, or solving problems. Our curricula differ from traditional programs, in that they contain all the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics concepts that need to be taught, but they are presented in an exciting, innovative, and relevant way. The content is always placed in a larger context that emphasizes using science and engineering practices, and mathematical reasoning while motivating students through a project/problem-based learning approach.
Students practice science, engineering, and mathematics in the classroom the way that scientists, engineers, and mathematicians do. They work in collaborative groups to iteratively solve problems and explore challenges. They ask questions and define problems, develop and use models, plan and conduct investigations, collect and analyze data, construct explanations and design solutions, and discuss and present their findings. As they do, they develop a community of practice and a culture of collaboration and communication. Active learning provides ALL students with a deep and memorable learning experience.
Our technology sets the stage for positive lab experiences for students. All our kit components are designed with customized specifications to fit the needs of the investigations in our curricula. We work with a team of equipment specialists to identify, configure, test over time, and in some cases manufacture our kit equipment and materials. We are proud to offer reliable and affordable electronic technology as well, including the einstein™ Tablet+, Fourier data loggers, sensors, solar and wind-energy kits, and Dynamics System. We also can provide WebCam Laboratory software, and even Alvarion wireless, outdoor Internet.
We understand that to implement reform-based curricula means change in the way students learn and the way teachers teach. Our team of leading science, technology, engineering, and mathematics consultants is experienced in active-learning classrooms. They can work directly with district or school leaders in developing strategic short-term and long-term plans to ensure successful implementation of our curricula. Our educational services, focused on partnerships with districts and schools, can help bridge achievement gaps, develop leadership, and help to shift the core of teaching and learning to more rigor and student-focused practices.