Johns Hopkins University Secondary Support Initiative (JHUSSI)  

Methods in Math & Science


The United States education system has placed an emphasis on improving student achievement in math and science across all grade levels. A primary goal of math and science instruction is to prepare students for success in a global market that is increasingly becoming more Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) oriented (Lochmiller, Huggins, and Acker-Hocevar, 2012). In order to make STEM instruction more engaging, teachers are expected to provide students with activities that are relevant and relatable to real-life concepts (Gurganus, 2007). Hands-on, project based STEM instruction can help children visualize abstract concepts while incorporating elements of individual creativity and collective problem solving skills (Spear-Swerling, 2006).