Our Inquiry-based Model Fosters Curiosity
Kids are born curious. Here at the Einstein Project, we believe that a student's education should foster that curiosity. Students need opportunities to explore their ideas using hands-on learning. This type of learning promotes critical thinking skills that will allow students to analyze information and solve complex real world programs. Therefore, it is imperative to go beyond the memorization of terminology and facts.
Although Einstein Project schools were not involved in the Smithsonian Science Education Center’s LASER i3 Study, we have always used the methods and practices that are core to that model. On a fundamental level, the LASER model includes the use of all of the following - professional development, assessment, materials management, administrative & community support, and curriculum. Using this research, our classroom kits are based off a four-stage learning cycle:
First, students focus on what they already know about a topic.
Second, students explore a scientific phenomenon or concept, following a well-structured sequence of classroom investigations.
Third, students reflect on their observations, record them in journals, draw conclusions, and share their findings with others.
Finally, students apply their learning to real-life situations and to other areas of the curriculum.
Read more about the LASER model & study