Can blending tech into data collection deepen interest in STEM?

By Laura Devaney
June 30th, 2015

PASCO white paper examines a tech-enabled, inquiry-based approach to teaching science

STEM-scienceResearch shows a growing global demand for qualified science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professions.

But many schools struggle with how to deepen students’ understanding of scientific concepts, while engaging and inspiring them to learn more.

To help educators provide students with the scientific literacy and hands-on experience needed for college and STEM careers, PASCO Scientific commissioned a white paper to review the research and expert opinion related to high-quality, engaging science instruction.

Titled “Meeting the World’s Needs for 21st Century Science Instruction,” the paper examines the worldwide need for more qualified scientists, medical professionals, engineers and technologists, and the call for students to be more scientifically literate and experienced with science tools and practices.

It further explores the positive impact that hands-on, inquiry-based instruction and technology tools have on increasing students’ understanding, as well as their motivation and interest in science.

“Technology by itself doesn’t create scientific understanding. However, the research is clear that when technology is used in an inquiry context and fully integrated into the curriculum, students’ mastery of subject matter and scientific reasoning improve considerably,” said Steven Korte, CEO of PASCO Scientific. “We hope this white paper will edify readers as to the need for changes in our approach to science education, while shedding light on current best practices for hands-on, inquiry-based science. To further support these changes, this paper also provides sample investigations for students, as well as examples of how teachers and students around the world are using technology tools to collect, analyze and visualize data in scientific explorations of real-world issues.”

The white paper can be found at

Material from a press release was used in this report.

About the Author:

Laura Devaney

Laura Devaney is the Director of News for eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura