All too often we hear students ask, "Why do I need to know this?"
They question the relevance of math and science to their lives and their futures. Salvadori's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) based programs give students the tools they need to answer this question for themselves.
The Salvadori Center shows students the relevance of math and science by using the buildings, bridges, landmarks, and parks in their local communities.
Through collaborative, hands-on project-based learning, and a scientific method of discovery, students see the math and science within the classrooms they enter, the bridges they cross, the parks they play in, and the buildings they see every day.
In 1976, Columbia University Professor and renowned structural engineer, Dr. Mario Salvadori (1907-1997), accepted a challenge from the New York Academy of Sciences to improve teaching in public schools. The result was an approach to education that formed the foundation for the Salvadori Center. Salvadori's programs and residencies have reached 225,000 students and teachers in New York City, plus tens of thousands throughout the country and abroad. Today, we hold true to our founding principles.
We offer a variety of multi-day in-school and after-school programs that enable every child to succeed as well as professional development workshops that provide teachers with a strong foundation in project-based learning. All residencies use the built environment as a creative force for learning and incorporate the design process of problem solving. These project-based challenges improve students' ability to observe, experiment, develop, analyze, and present findings.
All Salvadori residencies include a professionally trained Salvadori Educator, all materials and supplies, curricula, student activity books, and planning sessions with classroom teachers. Our residencies are tied to grade-specific learning objectives and National Common Core Standards.