The Einstein Project in a non-profit that provides affordable and engaging science materials and teacher training to advance science knowledge, skill and an enthusiasm for learning.
At least that is what our mission statement says.
What we do is get hands-on, inquiry based science units into schools so kids (and teachers!) can do the best science possible. Our units not only cover science, but also use math, engineering, technology, reading and other subjects. Our basic premise is that reading about a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis in a book is great, but watching a butterfly emerge from its chrysalis is awesome.
Last year we shipped almost 2,500 science units to over 40 school districts in the state of Wisconsin. That enabled around 62,500 hands-on science experiences in classrooms. And we all know that hands-on, or experimental learning, leads to a greater retention of information and helps develop critical thinking skills.
Our goal is not to create scientists, our goal is to create smart people. We want students that understand how things work, sharpen their critical thinking, and give them the life skills they will need to be successful. We want to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and astronauts. We also want to inspire the next generation of teachers, artists and entrepreneurs!
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