- Allowing students to explore and pursue learning in the areas of their own interest.
- Allowing students choice as to when they’ll participate.
- Developing projects and activities around their interests.
- Providing adult supervision so that students are safe from injury or trouble from others.
Inspiration, experience and confidence building:
- Providing students with a rich environment that stimulates their curiosity.
- Showing students things they would normally not see in their school or home environments.
- Encouraging students to challenge some of their doubts and fears, gain competence, experience success, and with these achievements, build solid confidence of their own ability and potential.
- Pushing students to take charge of their own education.
- Inviting students to gain skills using different tools and technical instruments.
- Opening students’ eyes to the possibility of pursuing technical or scientific careers.
Science and ecology:
- Giving students the means to understand some of the complexities of their world. (For example, how speakers work, how energy is provided differently in different applications, what plants need to grow, how the different properties of wood, plastic and other materials govern where they will be used.)
- Modeling how understanding can be gained by personal investigation, as opposed to reading or listening to a teacher.
- Emphasizing the importance of careful observation and self-discovery.
- Showing students the utility of science, as well the difference between science and other means of describing and understanding their world (religion, magic).
- Making students aware of our delicate natural environment.
- Demonstrating to students the importance of conservation and reducing consumption.
No cost to participants:
- Allowing all students and their families, regardless of income, to participate at the same level.
- Providing a wide variety of materials at no cost.
- Making great use of scrap and recycled products.
- Nurturing a tight link between our programs and the families of the surrounding community.
- Listening to the needs of the community and forming our programs to meet some of those needs.