3 Must-Have Hybrid Benefits of Twig Science Next Gen

At Twig Science Next Gen, we’re constantly listening to what teachers say are the key challenges they’re facing—and devising creative solutions that are adaptable, easy to use, and genuinely inspiring.

Here are some of the important features that help to make the Twig Science Next Gen experience great for setting students on the path to long-term STEM success—even while we’re still in a period where usual learning patterns are being disrupted.

1. Remote and/or Hybrid Learning

Many of the distance learning resources available at the peak of the pandemic were stopgap solutions. Right now, as we edge closer to the end of the pandemic but while schools are still operating with some remote and/or hybrid instruction in place, teachers need solutions that deliver long-term, standards-based learning.

Twig Science Next Gen does this by combining synchronous and asynchronous learning—and, uniquely, being equally strong at both. In a synchronous session, teachers are able to walk through a Digital Twig Book live with students or present to students via a split-screen. Asynchronously, teachers can assign students the same sections from their Twig Books and use feedback tools to check on students’ progress. We’ve made sure that no matter what approach is being used, teachers can switch between using Twig Science Next Gen synchronously or asynchronously and the content and standards covered will blend seamlessly with what was taught before and what’s coming up next. This adaptability is bringing bring real peace of mind to teachers, students, and parents in these transitional months.

2. 3,000+ Twig Coach/Video Labs Lessons

Our 3,000 Twig Coach and Video Labs lesson videos are what really makes Twig Science Next Gen the strongest hybrid and/or remote solution out there.

Our team of Twig Coaches is made up of virtual teachers who appear in bite-sized studio-quality coaching videos. They’re all experienced teachers, who specialize in teaching science at particular grades. The lessons Twig Coaches present are designed to fit right into your students’ full program of science learning—they’re not bonus lessons to fill in when the teacher is not available. They hit exactly the same learning standards as teachers would be expected to cover in the classroom. Likewise, they’re not simply presenter-led videos that students passively watch—Twig Coaches encourage participation and engagement.

Video Labs allow students to take part in experiments from home, which helps to support the teaching of hands-on science—a crucial part of getting students engaged in science. Video Labs are carried out by engaging presenters from different backgrounds, and all of the experiments are shot in HD from start to finish in the Twig Science Next Gen studio.

Just as with the Twig Coach videos, Video Labs aren’t just random fun experiments. They’re carefully designed to teach important standards—including science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas—as stepping stones on students’ paths towards STEM success at school and, much later, in college and careers.

3. Culturally Relevant Content

The Twig Science Next Gen program is committed to bringing the wonder of science learning to every student, no matter their background. Twig Science Next Gen features immersive story-based investigations full of theater-quality videos, interactives, and imagery, and in all of it we’ve tried to be sensitive to the need to represent the realities of the diversity of student experience.

In this respect, we’ve gone way beyond what is legally and socially compliant. We want absolutely every student to get the same level of opportunity to succeed in STEM. And we firmly believe that students get excited about science careers when they understand that scientists are regular people just like them. We’ve made sure to include representation of different genders and races in our learning materials—including in our Twig Coaches and Video Labs—and the program includes examples of a wide range of STEM professionals from all backgrounds to inspire students, including interviews with real-world scientists who talk in a relatable way about what they do, how they got started, and the tools they use.


Twig Science Next Gen pilots are being rolled out right now—so get in touch today to apply to have your school try out the entire program.

¿Qué impacto ha tenido la pandemia en la educación?

Para estudiantes y profesores de todo el mundo, el último año ha sido una experiencia turbulenta. Cuando la pandemia golpeó a principios de 2020, países de todo el mundo impusieron el cierre de escuelas, con el objetivo de “volver a la normalidad” lo antes posible. Sin embargo, muchos estudiantes y profesores están aún ejerciendo la enseñanza a distancia a tiempo completo, mientras que otros se están adaptando a la educación híbrida entre la escuela y en el hogar.

A mediados de marzo de 2020, el 44% de los estudiantes de todo el mundo estaban fuera de las aulas de forma parcial o permanente, y a mediados de abril este número había aumentado al 84,5%, con casi 1.500 millones de estudiantes en 165 países afectados por el cierre de escuelas. (1) Para continuar la enseñanza durante este tiempo, los profesores tuvieron que cambiar completamente la forma en que enseñaban. Se adaptaron los recursos didácticos, se actualizaron los planes de lecciones y se introdujeron plataformas de enseñanza electrónicas, todo con el objetivo de garantizar que los alumnos no vieran afectado su aprendizaje. La enseñanza asincrónica, en la que los estudiantes asimilan el contenido de forma independiente e informan al profesor, tuvo bastante popularidad, junto con la enseñanza sincrónica, en la que el profesor imparte lecciones en línea a través de software como Zoom o Google Classroom.

Los gobiernos de todo el mundo respondieron ofreciendo guías de orientación y formación, al tiempo que proporcionaron recursos educativos gratuitos a través de la televisión, la radio e Internet. El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Los Ángeles en los EUA se asoció con la red de televisión PBS para ofrecer transmisiones educativas locales, (2) mientras que la televisión nacional del Reino Unido, la BBC, lanzó una serie de enseñanza virtual llamada Bitesize Daily. (3) Mientras tanto, las plataformas de enseñanza en línea y las empresas de conferencias en línea también ofrecieron su apoyo. Por ejemplo, BYJU, con sede en Bangalore, ofreció clases gratuitas en vivo, y Lark, con sede en Singapur, ofreció a los profesores y alumnos tiempo ilimitado de videoconferencias, edición de proyectos en tiempo real y más. (4) La UNESCO trabajó con muchos países para minimizar la interrupción del aprendizaje causada por la pandemia, apoyando la implementación de programas de educación a distancia y recomendó el uso de aplicaciones educativas abiertas. (5)

Para nosotros en Twig, no hay nada más importante que apoyar a los profesores y los alumnos, por lo que hemos ofrecido contenido STEM de nuestros productos de forma gratuita, así como acceso a paquetes de educación a distancia especialmente diseñados para la enseñanza a distancia. En México, Twig Education trabajó junto con la Secretaría de Educación Pública para brindar a los estudiantes y maestros acceso gratuito a contenido STEM como: videos de ciencia, materiales educativos, planes de clase, paquetes de estudio independientes y libros de lectura en línea en español. Más de 11.000 usuarios accedieron a las plataformas Twig, Tigtag y Tigtag Junior durante el 2020 mediante la estrategia Aprende en Casa, y a partir de 2021 a través del sitio Nueva Escuela Mexicana. Además, se transmitieron 100 videos de Twig en televisión nacional como parte de la globalmente reconocida iniciativa Televisión Educativa.

Twig también ha colaborado con Ministerios de Educación en Colombia, Uruguay, Perú, Guatemala y España, ofreciendo acceso gratuito a recursos STEM para profesores y estudiantes, contribuyendo a mejorar el conocimiento científico a nivel mundial. En Colombia, apoyamos el programa ‘Jornada Única’ del Ministerio de Educación, un proyecto que tiene como objetivo reducir la brecha en la calidad de la educación entre la educación pública y la privada, mediante la extensión del horario escolar en las escuelas públicas. Los recursos de Tigtag y Tigtag Junior se han incluido en un ‘Kit de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación’, con distribución en 457 escuelas en áreas rurales.

Más recientemente, nuestros 29 libros de lectura en español fueron seleccionados por el Ministerio de Educación de Chile para ser incluidos en su Comunidad Lectora Digital, un sitio que tiene como objetivo aumentar la alfabetización en los estudiantes jóvenes proporcionándoles contenido de lectura atractivo.

De manera similar, nos sentimos increíblemente orgullosos de trabajar con UNICEF en The Learning Passport, una plataforma educativa digital personalizada para niños y jóvenes.

A febrero de 2021, 28 países del mundo mantienen cerradas sus escuelas a nivel nacional. La mayoría de los países del mundo han cerrado sus escuelas locales o bien han puesto en marcha un sistema de enseñanza híbrido en el que los estudiantes pasan algunos días en las escuelas y otros en casa. En todo el mundo, casi 222 millones de estudiantes se ven afectados actualmente. (6) Entonces, ¿cómo será el futuro?

Si bien algunos estudios muestran que los estudiantes retienen más material cuando aprenden en línea, (7) muchos otros estudios muestran la importancia de la enseñanza en persona. Según un estudio de la OECD, el éxito escolar se basa en relaciones cercanas con los maestros. (8) Naturalmente, el aprendizaje en línea ha dificultado que los maestros ayuden a quienes tienen dificultades de aprendizaje. Los estudiantes que vienen de familias desfavorecidas han sido especialmente afectados ya que no tienen un fácil acceso a dispositivos digitales, y cuyos padres no suelen poder ayudarles con los deberes. Estos estudiantes en una situación normal habrían podido utilizar el equipamiento escolar y recibir apoyo en persona de sus maestros.

Aunque es probable que las escuelas vuelvan a abrir en cuanto sea posible, la enseñanza híbrida se ha vuelto cada vez más popular y es probable que se mantenga durante bastante tiempo, si no durante los años venideros. En el futuro, los maestros tendrán que seguir desarrollando y adaptando sus métodos de enseñanza, y las empresas educativas tendrán que ofrecer soluciones creativas para asegurarse de que todos los niños reciban apoyo.

En Twig Education, continuaremos respondiendo a las necesidades de los estudiantes y educadores de todo el mundo. En los EUA, hemos lanzado Twig Distance Learning, un programa flexible de aprendizaje a distancia que admite la educación sincrónica y asincrónica, con un menú a la carta de nuestros experimentados instructores de Twig. Además, seguimos apoyando a los profesores y estudiantes de todo el mundo, mediante la mejora de nuestros recursos de aprendizaje y ofreciendo orientación sobre cómo pueden adaptarse a la educación a distancia

Fuentes:

  1. https://en.unesco.org/covid19/educationresponse
  2. https://deadline.com/2020/03/pbs-socal-kcet-lausd-los-angeles-schools-close-1202883111/
  3. https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2020/education-teachers
  4. https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/04/coronavirus-education-global-covid19-online-digital-learning/
  5. https://en.unesco.org/news/290-million-students-out-school-due-covid-19-unesco-releases-first-global-numbers-and-mobilizes
  6. https://en.unesco.org/covid19/educationresponse
  7. https://www.shiftelearning.com/blog/bid/301248/15-facts-and-stats-that-reveal-the-power-of-elearning
  8. http://www.oecd.org/coronavirus/policy-responses/learning-remotely-when-schools-close-how-well-are-students-and-schools-prepared-insights-from-pisa-3bfda1f7/

What impact has the pandemic had on education?

For students and teachers around the world, the last year has been a roller coaster. When the pandemic hit in early 2020, countries around the world imposed school closures, with the view of “going back to normal” as soon as possible. However, many students and teachers are still doing distance learning full time, while others are adapting to a hybrid of in-school and at-home learning. 

At the middle of March 2020, 44% of learners worldwide were out of class some or all of the time, and by mid-April this number had risen to 84.5%, with almost 1.5 billion students in 165 countries affected by school closures. (1) To keep learning going during this time, teachers had to completely change the way they taught. Teaching resources were adapted, lesson plans updated, and e-learning platforms introduced, all with the goal of making sure students didn’t miss out on their education. Asynchronous learning—where students take in content independently and report back to the teacher—became popular, paired with synchronous learning, with the teacher conducting online lessons through software such as Zoom or Google Classroom.

Governments around the world responded by offering guidance documents and training, while also providing free education resources via TV, radio, and the internet. LA Unified School District in the US partnered with the TV network PBS to offer local educational broadcasts, (2) while the UK’s national TV network BBC launched a virtual learning series called Bitesize Daily. (3) Meanwhile, online learning platforms and online conferencing companies also offered their support. For example, Bangalore-based BYJU offered free live classes, and Singapore-based Lark offered teachers and students unlimited video-conferencing time, real-time project editing, and more. (4) Other organisations also offered their support. UNESCO worked with many countries to minimize the learning disruption caused by the pandemic, supporting the implementation of distance learning programmes and recommended the use of open educational applications. (5)

For us at Twig, supporting teachers and students is the most important thing we do, and to help out we have offered free trials to our supplemental products, as well as access to specially made independent learning packs. We also worked directly with governments around the world—collaborating with Ministries of Education in Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala, Iraq, and more to offer free STEM content to students and teachers, as part of our mission to improve science literacy globally. In Iraq, for example, Twig videos are published on the Ministry of Education’s online platform Newton. In Mexico, Twig content was published on the government’s new distance learning site, and Twig films were broadcast on national television as part of the globally recognized initiative Televisión Educativa. Similarly, we have been incredibly proud to work with UNICEF on the Learning Passport, a digital personalized learning platform for children and young people.

As of February 2021, 28 countries in the world have nationwide school closures implemented. The majority of the world’s countries either have local school closures or are doing a hybrid approach where students spend some days in schools and some at home. Worldwide, almost 222 million learners are currently affected. (6) So what will the future look like?

While some studies show that students retain more material when learning online, (7) many studies also show the importance of in-person learning. According to a study by the OECD, success in school performance relies on close relationships with teachers. (8) Naturally, online learning has made it difficult for teachers to help those who are struggling. Especially affected are students from disadvantaged families who may not have easy access to digital devices, or whose parents are not able to help them with homework. These students would normally have been able to use school equipment and receive in-person support from their teachers.

So while schools are likely to reopen as much as possible, the hybrid approach has become increasingly popular and is likely to stick around for quite a while, if not for years to come. Moving forward, teachers will have to keep developing and adapting their teaching methods—and educational companies will have to offer creative solutions to make sure that all children are supported. 

At Twig Education, we will continue to respond to the needs of learners and educators around the world. In the US, we’ve launched Twig Distance Learning, a flexible distance learning program that supports both synchronous and asynchronous learning, with on-demand instruction from our experienced Twig Coaches. Around the world, we are continuing to support teachers and students through improving our learning resources and offering guidance on how they can be adapted for distance learning

Sources:

  1. https://en.unesco.org/covid19/educationresponse
  2. https://deadline.com/2020/03/pbs-socal-kcet-lausd-los-angeles-schools-close-1202883111/
  3. https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2020/education-teachers
  4. https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/04/coronavirus-education-global-covid19-online-digital-learning/
  5. https://en.unesco.org/news/290-million-students-out-school-due-covid-19-unesco-releases-first-global-numbers-and-mobilizes
  6. https://en.unesco.org/covid19/educationresponse
  7. https://www.shiftelearning.com/blog/bid/301248/15-facts-and-stats-that-reveal-the-power-of-elearning
  8. http://www.oecd.org/coronavirus/policy-responses/learning-remotely-when-schools-close-how-well-are-students-and-schools-prepared-insights-from-pisa-3bfda1f7/

3 Must-Have Components of Twig Distance Learning

We’re in strange times for science learning, and many of the distance learning solutions out there are scrambling to catch up. It’s not hard to find solutions that are designed to engage students on a basic level just to get them doing something at home, but resources to help students master Performance Expectations or to prepare for state testing, for example, are another matter.

Twig Distance Learning is a product of listening to what teachers say are the key challenges they’re facing this year—and devising creative solutions that are adaptable, easy to use, and genuinely inspiring. We thought carefully about the problems teachers and students are going to face in the months to come, and we’re confident we’ve made some good choices that users are going to appreciate. There are lots of important features that help to make the Twig Distance Learning experience a tool for setting up students for long-term STEM success. Here’s a run-through of three of the standout features and benefits.

1. Synchronous/Asynchronous Distance Learning

Many of the distance learning resources available up until now were stopgap solutions. They help keep students learning something, which is important, but they’re not a replacement for what students used to get solely though in-class instruction.

Twig Science Distance Learning, however, is a high-quality, standards-based program that finally makes it possible to achieve a quality and depth of instruction equivalent to the classroom experience. Twig Distance Learning does this by combining synchronous and asynchronous learning—and, uniquely, being equally strong at both.

You no doubt know that synchronous learning is when teachers and students take part at the same time, such as when the teacher is presenting a lesson online. This is fine, and closer to the traditional classroom model, but synchronous learning needs everyone to be available at the same time, which isn’t always possible. Technical challenges can also get in the way.

Asynchronous is by nature a more flexible approach. Teachers don’t need to be virtually present when students complete lessons and work—they can assign content later that students can work through at their own pace. This feature of asynchronous learning is actually really empowering, giving all students greater freedom to guide their own progress.

The way Twig Distance Learning incorporates both synchronous and asynchronous models means you really have the best of both formats. In a synchronous session, teachers are able to walk through a Digital Twig Book live with students or present to students via a split screen. Asynchronously, teachers can assign students the same sections from their Twig Books and use feedback tools to check on students’ progress. We’ve made sure that no matter what approach is being used, teachers can switch between using Twig Distance Learning synchronously or asynchronously and the content and standards covered will blend seamlessly with what was taught before and what’s coming up next. We know it’s not going to be an either/or situation this fall. We know teachers are going to need to flip between live, online teaching, in-class situations, and assigning students independent work. Twig Distance Learning allows for exactly this flexibility in approaches. We hope this adaptability is going to bring real peace of mind to teachers, students, and parents in the year ahead.

2. Twig Coach/Video Labs

Twig Coach is the feature that really makes Twig Distance Learning the strongest asynchronous solution out there. As mentioned, Twig Distance Learning is the only program that can offer equally strong synchronous and asynchronous instructions.

Our team of Twig Coaches is made up of virtual teachers who appear in bite-sized studio-quality coaching videos. They’re all experienced teachers, who specialize in teaching science at particular grades. The lessons Twig Coaches present are designed to fit right into your students’ full program of science learning—they’re not bonus lessons to fill in when the teacher is not available. They hit exactly the same learning standards as teachers would be expected to cover in the classroom. Likewise, they’re not simply presenter-led videos that students passively watch—Twig Coaches encourage participation and engagement.

Twig Distance Learning Video Labs are another vital tool for asynchronous learning. They allow students to take part in experiments from home, which helps to support the teaching of hands-on science—a crucial part of getting students engaged in science. Video Labs are carried out by engaging presenters from different backgrounds, and all of the experiments are shot in HD from start to finish in the Twig Science studio.

While the primary use of Video Labs is as an aid to enable students to view hands-on lab work they’re unable to complete themselves, they can also be used as a refresher for work you carry out with students in a synchronous session.

Just as with the Twig Coach videos, Video Labs aren’t just random fun experiments. They’re carefully designed to teach important standards—including science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas—as stepping stones on students’ paths towards STEM success at school and, much later, in college and careers.

3. Culturally Relevant Content

Twig Distance Learning shares with the wider Twig Science program a commitment to bring the wonder of science learning to every student, no matter their background. Twig Distance Learning features immersive story-based investigations full of theater-quality videos, interactives, and imagery, and in all of it we’ve tried to be sensitive to the need to represent the realities of the diversity of student experience.

In this respect, we’ve gone way beyond what is legally and socially compliant. We want absolutely every student to get the same level of opportunity to succeed in STEM. And we firmly believe that students get excited about science careers when they understand that scientists are regular people just like them. We’ve made sure to include representation of different genders and races in our learning materials—including in our Twig Coaches and Video Labs—and the program includes examples of a wide range of STEM professionals from all backgrounds to inspire students, including interviews with real-world scientists who talk in a relatable way about what they do, how they got started, and the tools they use.


Twig Distance Learning trials are being rolled out right now—so get in touch today to apply to have your school try out the entire program.

3 Must-Have Hybrid Benefits of Twig Science South Carolina

At Twig Science South Carolina, we’re constantly listening to what teachers say are the key challenges they’re facing—and devising creative solutions that are adaptable, easy to use, and genuinely inspiring.

Here are some of the important features that help to make the Twig Science South Carolina experience great for setting students on the path to long-term STEM success—even while we’re still in a period where usual learning patterns are being disrupted.

1. Remote and/or Hybrid Learning

Many of the distance learning resources available at the peak of the pandemic were stopgap solutions. Right now, as we edge closer to the end of the pandemic but while schools are still operating with some remote and/or hybrid instruction in place, teachers need solutions that deliver long-term, standards-based learning.

Twig Science South Carolina does this by combining synchronous and asynchronous learning—and, uniquely, being equally strong at both. In a synchronous session, teachers are able to walk through a Digital Twig Book live with students or present to students via a split-screen. Asynchronously, teachers can assign students the same sections from their Twig Books and use feedback tools to check on students’ progress. We’ve made sure that no matter what approach is being used, teachers can switch between using Twig Science South Carolina synchronously or asynchronously and the content and standards covered will blend seamlessly with what was taught before and what’s coming up next. This adaptability is bringing bring real peace of mind to teachers, students, and parents in these transitional months.

2. 3,000+ Twig Coach/Video Labs Lessons

Our 3,000 Twig Coach and Video Labs lesson videos are what really makes Twig Science South Carolina the strongest hybrid and/or remote solution out there.

Our team of Twig Coaches is made up of virtual teachers who appear in bite-sized studio-quality coaching videos. They’re all experienced teachers, who specialize in teaching science at particular grades. The lessons Twig Coaches present are designed to fit right into your students’ full program of science learning—they’re not bonus lessons to fill in when the teacher is not available. They hit exactly the same learning standards as teachers would be expected to cover in the classroom. Likewise, they’re not simply presenter-led videos that students passively watch—Twig Coaches encourage participation and engagement.

Video Labs allow students to take part in experiments from home, which helps to support the teaching of hands-on science—a crucial part of getting students engaged in science. Video Labs are carried out by engaging presenters from different backgrounds, and all of the experiments are shot in HD from start to finish in the Twig Science South Carolina studio.

Just as with the Twig Coach videos, Video Labs aren’t just random fun experiments. They’re carefully designed to teach important standards—including science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas—as stepping stones on students’ paths towards STEM success at school and, much later, in college and careers.

3. Culturally Relevant Content

The Twig Science South Carolina program is committed to bringing the wonder of science learning to every student, no matter their background. Twig Science South Carolina features immersive story-based investigations full of theater-quality videos, interactives, and imagery, and in all of it we’ve tried to be sensitive to the need to represent the realities of the diversity of student experience.

In this respect, we’ve gone way beyond what is legally and socially compliant. We want absolutely every student to get the same level of opportunity to succeed in STEM. And we firmly believe that students get excited about science careers when they understand that scientists are regular people just like them. We’ve made sure to include representation of different genders and races in our learning materials—including in our Twig Coaches and Video Labs—and the program includes examples of a wide range of STEM professionals from all backgrounds to inspire students, including interviews with real-world scientists who talk in a relatable way about what they do, how they got started, and the tools they use.


Twig Science South Carolina pilots are being rolled out right now—so get in touch today to apply to have your school try out the entire program.

3 Must-Have Hybrid Benefits of Twig Science Nevada

At Twig Science Nevada, we’re constantly listening to what teachers say are the key challenges they’re facing—and devising creative solutions that are adaptable, easy to use, and genuinely inspiring.

Here are some of the important features that help to make the Twig Science Nevada experience great for setting students on the path to long-term STEM success—even while we’re still in a period where usual learning patterns are being disrupted.

1. Remote and/or Hybrid Learning

Many of the distance learning resources available at the peak of the pandemic were stopgap solutions. Right now, as we edge closer to the end of the pandemic but while schools are still operating with some remote and/or hybrid instruction in place, teachers need solutions that deliver long-term, standards-based learning.

Twig Science Nevada does this by combining synchronous and asynchronous learning—and, uniquely, being equally strong at both. In a synchronous session, teachers are able to walk through a Digital Twig Book live with students or present to students via a split-screen. Asynchronously, teachers can assign students the same sections from their Twig Books and use feedback tools to check on students’ progress. We’ve made sure that no matter what approach is being used, teachers can switch between using Twig Science Nevada synchronously or asynchronously and the content and standards covered will blend seamlessly with what was taught before and what’s coming up next. This adaptability is bringing bring real peace of mind to teachers, students, and parents in these transitional months.

2. 3,000+ Twig Coach/Video Labs Lessons

Our 3,000 Twig Coach and Video Labs lesson videos are what really makes Twig Science Nevada the strongest hybrid and/or remote solution out there.

Our team of Twig Coaches is made up of virtual teachers who appear in bite-sized studio-quality coaching videos. They’re all experienced teachers, who specialize in teaching science at particular grades. The lessons Twig Coaches present are designed to fit right into your students’ full program of science learning—they’re not bonus lessons to fill in when the teacher is not available. They hit exactly the same learning standards as teachers would be expected to cover in the classroom. Likewise, they’re not simply presenter-led videos that students passively watch—Twig Coaches encourage participation and engagement.

Video Labs allow students to take part in experiments from home, which helps to support the teaching of hands-on science—a crucial part of getting students engaged in science. Video Labs are carried out by engaging presenters from different backgrounds, and all of the experiments are shot in HD from start to finish in the Twig Science Nevada studio.

Just as with the Twig Coach videos, Video Labs aren’t just random fun experiments. They’re carefully designed to teach important standards—including science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas—as stepping stones on students’ paths towards STEM success at school and, much later, in college and careers.

3. Culturally Relevant Content

The Twig Science Nevada program is committed to bringing the wonder of science learning to every student, no matter their background. Twig Science Nevada features immersive story-based investigations full of theater-quality videos, interactives, and imagery, and in all of it we’ve tried to be sensitive to the need to represent the realities of the diversity of student experience.

In this respect, we’ve gone way beyond what is legally and socially compliant. We want absolutely every student to get the same level of opportunity to succeed in STEM. And we firmly believe that students get excited about science careers when they understand that scientists are regular people just like them. We’ve made sure to include representation of different genders and races in our learning materials—including in our Twig Coaches and Video Labs—and the program includes examples of a wide range of STEM professionals from all backgrounds to inspire students, including interviews with real-world scientists who talk in a relatable way about what they do, how they got started, and the tools they use.


Twig Science Nevada pilots are being rolled out right now—so get in touch today to apply to have your school try out the entire program.