HOSP is the only national organization that focuses on advocating for the inclusion and the expansion of hands-on activities, programs, tools and curriculum.
HOSP inspires people, businesses and leaders to get involved in preserving the opportunity for all young people to experience science, live, in the classroom throughout their formal education experience.
Why is this important?
The quality of education in the U.S. is the stuff of movies, documentaries, news articles and a favorite topic of the media. The education system at the federal level typically focuses on broad ranging purposes (like the intention behind No Child Left behind) and nationwide educational policies (like national educational standards). Well intended ideas that lack adequate funding and coordinated systems of implementation.
At the state level, we face 50 separate systems that are and sometimes are not connected to the federal system. Textbook adoptions, teacher preparation and certification, as well as individual district programs and curriculum complete the complicated and interwoven “picture” of our educational system.
When it comes to the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and math, here is what our years of experience, knowledge and the teachers we serve tell us:
Rep. Bucshon (R-IN): “The STEM workforce is exploding and is expected to continue to grow well into the future. From 2000 to 2012, STEM jobs grew nearly 8%, from 2010 to 2018 that increase is expected to jump to nearly 17%. That is why STEM education is vital to the careers of the future and what better way to encourage student participation than by putting before them teachers who have a passion and experience within STEM fields. President Obama called for 100,000 new STEM teachers over the next ten years, now even though the President and I don’t agree on many things, on this we do agree that the importance of STEM education and putting those types of teachers in the classroom is paramount.”