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 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. 


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 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.

We Connect

  • Teachers to handson materials and those companies that supply them.
  • Policy makers 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 teachers.

We Advocate

  • Policy change that increases the used of handson materials, technology, tools and components as a key component of STEM learning.
  • Resources 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 Count! as part of the reauthorization Elementary and Secondary Education Act.




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.




Hands On Science Partnership
1776 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006