March 13, 2018, Camden, NJ – Catapult Learning, a leading provider of instructional intervention and professional development solutions, today announced the launch of its new supplemental STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) program. Catapult Learning works with hundreds of district partners across the country and has seen first-hand how schools can struggle integrating STEM. The company has designed a turnkey supplemental program that easily integrates into a school’s existing operation either during or after school, during summer school or as part of a professional development initiative.
“Our goal is to help schools integrate STEM meaningfully and effectively, so we designed a flexible, turnkey program that makes STEM attainable for all schools and every student,” said Catapult Learning’s CEO, Jeffrey Cohen. “We developed our program to complement a school’s curriculum and based it on the engineering design process so that students learn transferrable problem-solving skills they can apply across all academic disciplines.”
The inquiry-based curriculum will change the way that teachers and students think about STEM. Students will gain a deep understanding of the engineering design process by defining problems, conducting background research, brainstorming multiple ideas for solutions, developing and creating prototypes, and then testing, evaluating and redesigning their approach.
Lessons integrate hands-on learning tools and activities to create an engaging, fun, and creative learning environment. Catapult Learning’s STEM program aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and College and Career Readiness Standards.
“What makes our STEM program unique and exciting is that it’s designed around the ‘E’,” said Michal Kisilevitz, Senior Vice President of Education & Corporate Operations for Catapult Learning. “This emphasis on engineering fosters an engaging and collaborative classroom that encourages teamwork as well as hands-on learning for students. In addition to gaining STEM-related knowledge, students develop 21st century skills that will help them to be successful in school and in life.”
The programs support whole and small group instruction as well as individual learning. To help schools effectively integrate a STEM program into their schools, Catapult Learning designed implementation models that include summer enrichment, after- and during school programs, and professional development designed to assist schools in integrating STEM principles.
“There is a clear demand for more STEM-related education for today’s students,” said Cohen. “Our program allows administrators and educators to plug engineering concepts into their school in a way that augments their existing curriculum and prepares students for success.”
About Catapult Learning
Catapult Learning, Inc. has dedicated more than four decades to providing education solutions that generate demonstrable academic achievement and better life outcomes for students, regardless of the learning barriers and other challenges they may face. The company’s team of over 5,000 educators works to achieve sustained academic gains and build teacher and leadership capacity through evidence-based programs that include intervention services, special education, alternative education programs, and professional development solutions. Founded in 1976 and headquartered in Camden, New Jersey, Catapult Learning partners with more than 500 school districts, including 18 of the 20 largest school districts in the United States. Catapult Learning is accredited by AdvancED, a global leader in providing improvement and accreditation services worldwide.