ABOUT Hands-on science partnership

Our mission is simple: Improve student achievement in science through hands-on learning.



The Hands On Science Partnership (HOSP) is the only national trade group focused exclusively on advocating for issues related to hands-on inquiry based science education. We take our messages and advocacy directly to Capitol Hill and to state houses across the country.

Our members come from business, industry, manufacturing, and education organizations. We believe that when students experience science, students learn and achieve.

HOSP members meet twice a year, and regularly conduct Capitol Hill and State Capitol briefings and meetings.


We Inspire

  • 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 all stakeholders - including businesses, associations, policy organizations, educators, and state and federal government- to support STEM policy and funding from kindergarten through college.
  • Conversations, discussions and activities that elevate the visibility and importance of hands‐on science and STEM learning and thinking.

We Connect

  • Teachers to handson materials and the companies that supply them.
  • Policymakers to important data, research and information about how handson science and technology improves student learning.
  • Teachers to decision makers in their state to increase the support for handson materials, tools and equipment.
  • Students to bestinclass 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 handson materials and tools with students and teachers.

We Advocate for

  • Policy change that elevates science and STEM education and increases the use of handson materials, technology, tools and components as a key component of STEM learning.
  • Resources and funding for improved and uptodate science labs and classrooms across the U.S.
  • Professional Development as a key component of effective use of handson programs, materials, and tools, in classrooms.
  • Making Science assessments count in state and federal accountability requirements.




According to The National Assessment of Educational Progress, “Teachers who conduct hands-on learning activities on a weekly basis out-perform their peers by more than 40% of a grade level in science.”



Hands-on learning can lead to as much as a 75% retention rate.



94% of science teachers advocate for the use of hands-on materials in the classroom.


  James Brown

  Austin Hall




Hands On Science Partnership
777 6th Street NW #7,
Washington, DC 20001