The purpose of the Regional Math & Science Center is 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.
The Discovering STEM kits program, developed by the staff at the Regional Math and Science Center, Professor's Char Beckmann, Natalie Armstrong, and Kelly Heid from Grand Valley State University, is modeled after the highly successful Elementary Science Olympiad (ESO) Fun Day program and the Adventures with Mathematics series. 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.
Kits are used in a variety of ways:
"This was a wonderful way for us to expose students to many science strands in one event and to give students experiences in science outside of their grade-level curriculum."
North Holland Elementary
"The program and kits include well-developed content and materials. The activities correlate well with grade-level standards. We look forward to using the science and math kits in a few months! Both students and staff enjoyed the activities!"
Fourth grade teacher,
New Branches Charter Academy
Discovering STEM Kits are available for a one week loan to educational organizations from the RMSC. To learn more about these kits, please click below:
Looking for ways to engage your children in mathematics? We can help with games and activities you can easily assemble.
Thank you to those that participated in the Discovering STEM kit program!
For the 2016/2017 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.
1. KIT PICK-UP / DROP OFF: Allendale campus is experiencing growth. For Discovering STEM kit users this means we have a new pick up and drop off site along with new procedures. Please be familiar with the new pick-up/drop-off and procedures. Campus police are certain to ticket vehicles without permits. Please call our main office number (616.331.2267) before you leave to pick up and drop off. This will allow us to be outside with your kits on carts waiting for you.
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, pick up and drop off arrangements, and available RMSC staff to assist picking up and dropping off, 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 and all requests must go through Diane Miller - firstname.lastname@example.org.