Live theatre science assemblies to bring STEM education to life, help educators meet state, federal standards

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Elevation Education, a Minneapolis-based division of the not-for-profit NTC Research Foundation, announced the introduction of its new live theatre and IMAX-quality, in-school science assemblies. Designed to align with state and national STEM standards, Elevation Education programs blend multisensory technology and live actors to engage up to 250 students at a time with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects.

Elevation Education assemblies – already being previewed in schools from New Jersey and Minnesota to Pennsylvania and New York – are designed for students in grades K-8. The programs feature interactive content created by Science North, the Ontario-based production team that develops award-winning exhibits for science centers and museums around the world, using footage generated by NASA, the BBC and National Geographic. Most importantly, all Elevation Education programs align with state science standards.

“More than one-third of elementary teachers lack full confidence in their qualifications to teach science, according to a Bayer Corporation study,” said Ward Eames, founder and president of Elevation Education. “Of even more concern is research that shows by the time students reach the fourth grade, one-third of boys and girls have lost interest in science. With America's skills gap growing, it's on us as educators to keep future generations engaged and interested in STEM subjects. ”

Students review the Elevation Education material through competitive quizzes via a hand-held Student Response System that engages each student and enhances learning and content retention. The Student Response System provides teachers and school administrators with immediate feedback on the program’s success at teaching science concepts. An assessment comparing the students’ knowledge of the key educational concepts before and after the program – by age group – is available at the conclusion of the presentation. Data can then be used in overall school science competency comparisons across similar schools.

Among the first featured Elevation Education programs available for schools in 2013-2014:

“What’s The Matter,” a space opera-style program teaching astronomy and physics, created in consultation with astrophysicists at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNOLAB);

“Free Range Climate Change,” created by Science North scientists, aligns with state science standards and teaches about climate change and greenhouse gases;

“Crack The Code,” which teaches about DNA and genomic principles in a quirky program based on the work of scientists at Science North and the Genome British Columbia Institute.

“In a single day, without incurring busing costs, securing chaperones or leaving school grounds, Elevation Education will give thousands of schools inspiring and memorable lessons in STEM subjects,” adds Eames. “Teachers don’t typically have this kind of interactive programming at their disposal – a multiplatform production of this quality, which dynamically engages students with STEM subjects, adds real context to the existing classroom curriculum.”

For more information on pricing and booking Elevation Education programming at schools, educators may call 1-855-461-5816, visit the Elevation Education website at http://elevation-education.org/, or follow Elevation Education’s issues-focused STEMulating Education blog at http://elevation-education.org/blog/.

About Elevation Education

Elevation Education is a division of the NTC Research Foundation (NRF), a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing better ways to education young people about important life skills using educational theatre techniques that integrate with multiplatform communication tools (film, internet, print and classroom). Elevation Education programs use the highest quality cinema, theatre, audience participation and entertainment techniques to actively engage students with important educational concepts. These techniques have been developed and tested in schools around the country for more than 35 years by the NRF’s production arm, The National Theatre for Children (NTC). http://www.elevation-education.org.