ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A strong foundation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) will put children on the road to success in school and beyond. With the new school year getting underway, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is offering free resources (www.nsta.org/parents/) to help parents better understand the exciting changes taking place in science education and learn how they can support children’s science learning at home and at school.
Prepare children for the next generation of science learning
Numerous schools and districts around the country are using the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to transform science teaching and learning. Parents can get a snapshot of why our country needs these new science education standards with NSTA’s infographic. A Parent Q&A and a video interview with NSTA Executive Director Dr. David Evans also provide a quick overview of the standards and help parents be informed about the exciting new way their children will be learning science this fall.
Get recommendations and tips on parent involvement
Parents can and should talk with teachers to learn more about a school’s science program. 10 Questions Your Kid's Science Teacher Wishes You Would Ask will foster a better understanding of science learning at school and how it can be supported at home. The resource is perfect for back-to-school night, for teacher conferences, or at any point during the school year.
Empower young inventors, scientists, and leaders
Fall is the perfect time to plan STEM learning opportunities that go beyond the school curriculum, such as science competitions and clubs. NSTA offers a number of science competitions and awards programs that give students opportunities to explore their own science ideas…and be rewarded for their efforts.
Encourage children to curl up with a good science book
NSTA's popular line of children's picture books—NSTAKids—nurture the wonder and curiosity inherent in young minds. Need recommendations on great science trade books? Parents can find them in the Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K–12 selected by NSTA in conjunction with the Children's Book Council.
The Arlington, Virginia–based National Science Teachers Association is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence in science teaching and learning, preschool through college. NSTA’s membership includes approximately 55,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business representatives, and others involved in science education.