SED Science Academy

SED Science Academy

STEM-subjects are at the core of society. The world’s entire economy revolves around STEM. From architecture to urban development, medical research to sustainability, nuclear power to space, science is everywhere. It’s virtually impossible to identify a part of society that does not, in some way, intersect with STEM. STEM centered careers are the fastest growing and best paid. As school and colleges strive to keep up with the demand for STEM output, it is imperative that our nation remains competitive in innovation and discovery, which can only be achieved through building a solid STEM foundation concept. The US has lost its competitive edge in innovation. Sensing the current decline in STEM talent, school districts across the nation have launched STEM initiatives to reclaim the lost edge. SED academy fulfills this need by teaching science through a method and curriculum aligned to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). This hypothesis-driven inquiry based learning method teaches clear-cut grade-level disciplinary core ideas and cross-disciplinary concepts through experiment-based approaches. SED academy is a place where your child is encouraged to ask questions, construct hypothesis, test hypothesis, and draw conclusions. At the SED academy children learn through rediscovery and not through rote memorization.

Mission

Our mission here at SED is to provide your children with access to a high quality science education. We'll sustain and challenge their natural curiosity that transforms into academic success. Our number one goal is to equip students with the skills and knowledge for effective learning. We are the one stop learning solution for all your STEM needs and provide a research based STEM learning framework recommended by National Science Teachers Association.

Why SED

Children will learn concepts through investigation rather than rote memorization. Naturally, children have the traits of being curious and love to experiment, let us channel that into developing analytical skills with logic based problem solving.

We offer a one stop solution for all STEM learning and as our curriculum is developed by Scientists, Engineers, Clinicians and University faculty. Our innovative and experimental approach makes even the most trickiest concepts clear, simple and most importantly fun.

Our main goal is to give your child the environment he or she needs to succeed. They'll be surrounded by like minded peers and learn the importance of working as a team on projects. Students make new friends but also gain that crucial competitive edge that's needed in today's global market.

We follow the expected science performance standards for grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8 as recommended by National Science standard (NGS). This standard is being incorporated by several states to improve science readiness of American students. Click here for more information on National Science standard and curricullum.

facts

  • Less than 37-minutes is spend per week on science in Elementary schools, a stage in life where children are most curious and impressionable.
  • 66% of American fourth grade students and 79% of twelfth graders perform below proficiency levels
  • About 30-40% of public school science teachers do NOT have certification to teach science
  • 90% of middle school physical science teachers do NOT have a degree
    or certification in physical science
  • Science proficiency of American students rank 27th amongst industrialized nations
  • Engineering has the highest median earnings amongst the 15-major study categories, yet more than 80% students chose non-STEM career path.
  • Most career path decisions are made in middle school students
  • Over half-the US patents are awarded to non-US companies owing to STEM-crisis.

approach

Here is a simple example of learning process at the SED academy. Does adding salt to water have any effect on how fast it evaporates? Core concepts here are:
States of matter
Phase transition
hydrogen and oxygen
Sodium Chloride

Steps

  1. Background research: Students will be allotted 15 minutes for background research
  2. Hypothesis: Students will be asked to predict the outcome
  3. Logic: Learners will be asked the basis of their prediction.
  4. Method: Working in small groups, students will choose the material resources and devise strategy and procedure to test the hypothesis. Students will learn the need of proper measurement and controls
  5. Observation: Students will collect data points at various time intervals
  6. Conclusion: Based on the observation made, students will evaluate whether their hypothesis was correct or false

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