Teachers seek out new resources, experiences for STEM education
Jacqueline Moreno, Director of Elementary Math and Science, Galena Park ISD has been an advocate for the program since its inception. “I am always seeking out opportunities to expose our students to new experiences in math and science to bring excitement, new approaches, and more resources to 'hook' them into the field of STEM,” said Moreno. “Aramco and the HMNS have been a positive influence on our instructional program.”
According to Kathleen Havens, Director, Curriculum and Content, HMNS, the Aramco iExplore program is tailored for elementary students—third through fifth grade---with studies showing that the 5th grade science level is a critical time to connect with students to increase their interest and comprehension of complex science topics. It is also a critical time for students taking the STAAR test, which shows whether a student has mastered specific knowledge of a core subject at a certain grade level.
“It has been a great partnership that has grown in popularity,” said Havens. “Aramco's culture and commitment to preserve and protect ecological habitats with our museum's ability to show students different ecosystems and the interconnectedness of nature is a great combination.”