The Hands On Science Partnership (HOSP) is the only national trade group focused exclusively on issues related to hands-on inquiry based science issues on Capitol Hill and in state houses across the country.
We believe that when students experience science, students learn and achieve. Our mission is simple: improve student achievement in science through hands-on learning.
HOSP members meet twice a year, and regularly conduct Capitol Hill and State Capitol briefings and meetings. As a Founding and Executive Committee member of the STEM Ed Coalition, HOSP is able to leverage investments and extend influence on Capitol Hill and beyond.
- Government, education and community leaders to understand and value science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning. We believe this inspiration will lead to increased investment and focus on STEM topics which will ultimately contribute to the economic health and vitality of the U.S. in a global marketplace.
- Partnerships with stakeholders including businesses, associations, policy organizations, educators as well as state and federal government to support STEM policy and efforts from kindergarten through college.
- Conversations, discussions and activities elevating the visibility and importance of hands‐on STEM learning and thinking.
- Teachers to hands‐on materials and those companies that supply them.
- Policy makers to important, data, research and information about how hands‐on science and technology improves student learning.
- Teachers to decision makers in their state to increase the support for hands‐on materials, tools and equipment.
- Students to best‐in‐class materials and resources to truly engage them in critical thinking.
- Our member companies to important industry trends, research and new markets that will increase the use of hands‐on materials and tools with students teachers.
- Policy change that increases the used of hands‐on materials, technology, tools and components as a key component of STEM learning.
- Resources for improved and up‐to‐date science labs and classrooms across the U.S.
- Professional Development as a key component of effective use of hands‐on programs, materials, and tools, in classrooms.
- Making Science Count! as part of the re‐authorization Elementary and Secondary Education Act.