Here at Makerspace Labs, we’re proud to be a resource that parents and teachers can use to encourage a love of learning, science, and the scientific method among their children and students. For far too long, an interest in science and math topics was seen as “geeky” or “nerdy” when in fact these skills are absolutely essential to keep our society moving forward in a positive way.
Thankfully, we are now seeing a resurgence of interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics topic) subjects among children of all ages. Part of the reason Makerspace Lab makes it easy to buy lab coats online is that we believe it’s important to expose children to these topics and remind them that tackling “difficult” or “complicated” subjects is the ultimate demonstration of coolness!
One way that we as a nation are working to encourage strong engagement and performance in STEM subjects is via the Next Generation Science Standards. Keep reading to learn more about what these standards are and what supplies teachers need to uphold them in the classroom. Then get started by buying our lab coats online!
What Are The ‘Next Generation Science Standards’?
As a teacher, you’re probably keenly aware of the fact that U.S. students typically lag behind other nations with regard to achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Because these skills are so essential to a child’s preparation for all careers in the modern workforce, it comes as no surprise that America has experienced a sharp reduction in terms of competitive economic edge in industries that require workers who specialize in these areas.
In 2009, a Carnegie Foundation commission composed of distinguished researchers as well as public and private leaders concluded that “the nation’s capacity to innovate for economic growth and the ability of American workers to thrive in the modern workforce depend on a broad foundation of math and science learning, as do our hopes for preserving a vibrant democracy and the promise of social mobility that lie at the heart of the American dream.”
Thus, educators from multiple states worked together in a collaborative manner to create new K-12 science standards that are “rich in content and practice and arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education.” These standards have since been called the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The NGSS have three dimensions: disciplinary core ideas (content), scientific and engineering practices, and cross-cutting concepts, and each are focused on preparing students for college and careers.
Activity Kits Are Great For Implementing NGSS In Your Classroom
While the NCSS are standards, not teaching strategies, we’ve discovered that teachers are eager to find resources and supplies that make it easier to implement these concepts in the own classrooms.
Here at Makerspace Labs, we’re particularly fond of classroom activity kits such as those offered by Earth Science Week and the free kits created by the Cornell Center for Materials Research, both of which have been specifically designed according to NGSS standards.
Covering topics that include Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Forensics, Geology/Earth Sciences, and Physical Science, these teacher supplies include clearly-outlined standards alignment in every guide, all the materials you need to carry out the activity, and questions designed to spark student discussion and inquiry.
Add Our Cool Lab Coats To Your Arsenal Of Teacher Supplies!
The best way to add an authentic flair to your NGSS lesson plans is to wear a cool lab coat and to buy lab coats online for your students as well. Not only does the presence of a lab coat get students in the mindset that they are preparing for a career, it also helps them to prevent damage to clothing when conducting experiments. After all, science is often messy!
Whether you’re teaching elementary school, middle school, or high-school, our lab coats will be the perfect addition to your arsenal of teacher supplies.
Because we want to help teachers find the supplies they need for executing NGSS standards, our cool lab coats are available in bulk quantities for affordable prices. Designed to be durable and easy to clean, you’ll love the way your classroom full of young scientists look when they don lab coats that you’ve purchased online from MakerSpace Lab!
Be sure to check out our full page of resources for teachers who want to inspire a love of STEM subjects in their own classroom. This list includes lessons, tips, and how-to guides that make it easy to start your own Makerspace and encouraging children to appreciate the science in their everyday lives.
If you have any questions about the lab coats we sell online, or how to embrace the Next Generation Science Standards in your classroom, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Makerspace Lab. We can provide information about education grants for schools and teachers, as well as party and activity suggestions for your little scientists! Contact us today.