Hands-on science is the essence of I. Science MaTe

The Integrating Science, Math, and Technology Reference Curriculum is an adventure in learning science that invigorates any school. The lessons within the Scope and Sequence helps to organize and direct the learning of science at your entire school.

The difference between this reference curriculum and other curriculums is the fact that this was based on research with the children and teachers. The development of the curriculum was meant to allow flexibility, but the important thing is that, it works and is based on different research projects. 

The first project was one that looked at different socio-economic school districts and compare what seems to work and what not to work.  We were trying to determine the most rigorous curriculum for children.  The children were able to comprehend materials easily when it was presented in a logical fashion.  Students retention were amazing because it was something they wanted to learn.  We all know that children's favor question is "Why."  Our ten year report looks at our initial projects and how we continued to refine our reference curriculum. 

After the elementary reference curriculum was developed, the Math/Science Nucleus started working on the secondary component.  We conducted the same type of research to determine base line content threads that would build up from the elementary components.

6 volumes recorded 10 years of research, 1992

A major obstacles in developing  quality science programs were lack of adequate teacher training. Model teaching and learning hands-on techniques for new teachers is difficult. Multimedia presentations based on digital graphic became an important vehicle for us to transfer knowledge.  We partnered with Xerox to work on big screen computers using Meetingboard.  The results of that research directed our efforts to well designed multimedia shows that we are now working on.   

As computer technology evolves, the Math/Science Nucleus tries to research what is best for children. Our current research is exploring the use of browser technology as a means to deliver science content. This allows interactivity that current textbooks cannot provide. We have partnered with Firefly Learning to deliver such an innovative approach. We are also investigating the use of "pen computers" to increase a child's fine motor skills. We are currently piloting several hardware devices that will make a teacher's life easier. 

Through its research, the Math/Science Nucleus has confirmed the value of committed teachers aided by a curriculum developed and tested by students, educators, scientists, and engineers.  This research further confirmed the value of hands-on materials and student-teacher interaction.

Much of the research and field development of this curriculum occurred during a period of rapid technological change.  As a result, the Math/Science Nucleus has often sought the support of commercial enterprises to assist in researching the application of technology to the educational process.

The Math/Science Nucleus has found that technology, appropriately focused and integrated with curriculum delivery, can enhance the student learning experience.  Of equal or greater importance, well-designed technology and tools can assist teachers in preparation, productivity, and effectiveness, returning them precious time for more student interaction.  The resulting success and improved morale contribute to job satisfaction that can reduce turnover and address training issues for administrators in the event of turnover.

This partnering strategy has culminated in a formal relationship with Firefly Learning, Inc.  Firefly Learning will be a channel to commercially carry the benefits of 18 years of Math/Science Nucleus research and development to the education marketplace.  The partnership will follow the successful model of other paired off commercial and non-profit organizations.

The first substantial joint activity of the Math/Science Nucleus and Firefly Learning is the Eritrea Science Project pilot, a model for the NetAfrica Project of the Math/Science Nucleus.  These projects led the way on how we currently use technology as an integrative part of our teaching.

Full-function, pen-based computer tablets

Used as a teacher presentation tool in conjunction with an LCD projector.  Firefly Learning donated the tablet for our study.


Compact, high quality projectors

LCD or DLP projectors replace overhead projectors and the standard chalkboard/whiteboard.  Firefly Learning donated the projector for our testing.



Small, thin-client pen computers

Edmond Ku, developer of the Clio, after visiting our facility, donated 10 computers to our testing lab. These are being used to test how students and teachers respond to the electronic textbook.

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