It is the purpose of the Regional Math & Science Center to provide students and parents with high quality hands-on learning activities that are rich in content, engaging, and enjoyable. The kits are designed to incorporate real world concepts that pique student interests and critical thinking skills while also motivating performance in STEM subjects.
Kit Background Information
The Discovering STEM kits program, developed by the staff at the Regional Math and Science Center and Professor Char Beckmann from Grand Valley State University, is modeled after the highly successful Elementary Science Olympiad (ESO) Fun Day program. Secondary education Science Olympiad competitions have had a long history at Grand Valley State University so it is fitting that the Regional Math and Science Center provide these tools to enhance STEM learning, skills, and knowledge for elementary students as well.
Thank you to those that participated in the Discovering STEM kit program!
For the 2015/2016 school year we experienced a large increase in kit use. This is notable and very welcomed! However, as the RMSC anticipates further increases, it is imperative to address a few items that impact future use.
2. KIT REPLACEMENT POLICY: Kits are funded through grants, developed by faculty and assembled by staff. If for some reason a kit is damaged or lost, schools will be expected to pay for the replacement of kits. Typically, kits cost between $120 and $175. Please be respectful with kit handling and restocking.
3. RESERVATION and SCHEDULING TIME FRAME. The Regional Math and Science Center works very hard to accommodate and service every reservation request, however the process of securing a date for use along with pick up and drop off RMSC staffing can be complex. Because of the increase of Discovering STEM kit use, we must ask that you allow 5 - 7 business days to process a reservation request. This means you must reserve kits at least 1 week prior to use.