Our approach is not focused on content, but rather it is about inspiring young people to love learning about science and motivate them to want to do the hard work necessary to gain authentic competency in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, (STEM). Pioneered over 100 years ago, by scouts and sports programs, we focus on creating strong social communities of young people who come together as they share a common experience. We feature an innovative teaching philosophy developing Self-Engagement, Social Engagement, and Custodial Engagement. To help young people find their passions, cultivate strong bonds of friendship and camaraderie, and provide a role model in the scientific community. Our approach is built on creating fun and engaging experiences through which our members can observe their own progress as they develop strength of character, expand their knowledge, and develop confidence in their ability to accomplish great things. LabRats’ learner-centered labs are designed to deepen every members’ interests in science and technology through a curriculum that is as flexible and as diverse as our individual students’ interests and talents.
Education research suggested that the most effective way to improve performance is to focus more on meeting the intellectual and emotional needs of learners as individuals than on boosting the average test scores of global populations of students. Overcoming life’s obstacles requires grit and tenacity, LabRats strives to cultivate an unshakable commitment within each student to become thoroughly literate in STEM. We use only the best practices known to cognitive psychology to inspire young people to achieve an authentic mastery of STEM content and to develop empirical habits of mind.
Since people do better in life when they are supported by friends, LabRats cultivates strong bonds of friendship and camaraderie within the program so that the students themselves spontaneously support each other by coming together through fellowship and a mutual commitment to a common goal.
We strive to provide all youth with the best role models in the scientific community. We want scientists teaching science from the ground up not just starting in college. Our Mentors know from experience what it takes to get a science degree, and what it means to be a scientist. They will teach from experience the level of commitment needed to succeed in science and instill the high moral standards needed in the scientific community.