CROSBY, Texas, Jan. 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Amidst Crosby ISD's recent financial stresses, Arkema donated $7,000 to allow the school district to keep EduSmart subscriptions for its middle and high schools. Without this assistance from Arkema, Crosby ISD would not have been able to afford the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) -based subscriptions this year.
Arkema, a well-known chemicals and advanced materials company, is highly involved in improving science education and has its own Science Teachers Program. Funded by the Arkema Foundation, this program brings teachers and Arkema scientists together to find innovative ways to spark scientific interests in students. The program also provides participating teachers funding to purchase supplies for science experiments in their classrooms.
EduSmart is a technology-based program teachers use to effectively teach STEM skills in a creative and efficient manner. EduSmart promotes collaborative problem-solving in these disciplines by using "real world" activities that require those skills. Case Studies show that schools which have implemented EduSmart programs show increases in students' test scores, and teachers have said that it has been helpful in engaging the students in science and math.
"I loved that students could experience things they never would be able to experience otherwise," said a Lamar ISD Teacher. "We can't always be going on field trips, and certain things are impossible for us to do here at school. But with EduSmart Science, the students were able to see what those things would be like. It was very engaging and my students always cheered when I would pull it up."